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on Aug 16, 2019 in WRP Ed Zone

Macro … Simple?

Fireweed
captured by Z7 / 105f1.4

It’s universally known, I just suck at macro photography! The big reason for this is simple. Getting down and sticking my butt up in the air waiting for the wind to stop blowing so I can photograph a posey, just not for me so I’ve put no time into being good at macro. Then last week I saw some really cool light and sadly, it was falling on a posey, Fireweed to be exact. And as much as I dislike macro, I love good light. Soooo … into the land of tiny, I went … with a plan!

Fireweed
captured by Z7 / 105f1.4

To chase that macro light, for me, it had to be fun and simple. I started with the Z7 / 105f1.4 because it’s light so it can easily be hand-held. I didn’t want to mess with DoF, it requires a slow shutter speed and then a tripod. Putting the FTZ on the 105f1.4 and shooting at f/1.4, I was solving all my “issues” to easy macro. But the BIGGIE for me was putting the Z7 into DX mode which makes up for the MFD of the 105f1.4. Then I moved so all that I wanted in focus was on the focus plane leaving click as the last step. And because the Z7 makes B&W so simple, B&W I went. To check that my simple macro really works, I came back to the office and printed out 24×30 and they are gorgeous. Now don’t take this as a sign I’m plunging into macro, only that I might do it a little bit more of, macro … simple.

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