Thursday, November 26, 2009

A Mini Macro Post on Thanksgiving Day


Dennis found a set of close-up lenses for my Canon 18-55mm on eBay for a great price -- $15.00! There are 3 lenses, 1X, 2X, and 4X. I tested them out on my seasonally challenged Christmas cactus that was in full bloom several weeks ago; more of a Halloween cactus, I suppose. Below are some of the resulting photos.




I am very happy with the photos that I got in the end.  But it took me several hours and over 100 shots to begin to get proficient with the lenses.  On this Thanksgiving Day I am thankful for digital cameras!  ;-)

I am also thankful for my fantastic family, dear friends, good food, the beauty of the natural world, and my fellow bloggers who capture that beauty for all to see. 

Cheers!  Wilma

14 comments:

  1. Those lenses work a treat Wilma. Great results.
    And a happy Thanksgiving Day to you and your family.

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  2. Your closeup shots are very impressive I lack that good facility on my little camera,hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving Day.
    David.

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  3. Superb shots! What a treat to see them! Hope your Thanksgiving was special!

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  4. A bargain I'd say. Happy Thanksgiving Wilma.

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  5. Hi Wilma,
    I found the results quite convincing and these lens are working well... Well let's say, you managed to get them well working! The results is sumptuous! Congrats!

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  6. Keith, David, Kanak, Frank, and Chris,

    thanks for your comments about the macro-photos. I hope to make good use of the lenses, so you are likely to see more in the future. We did have a lovely Thanksgiving Day.

    cheers,
    Wilma

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  7. A belated but very happy Thanksgiving to you Wilma. You have made very good use of your new bargain lenses, the photos are beautiful.

    I also loved the Woodpeckers on the previous post, the one of them in silouhette was lovely! I also enjoyed seeing the lovely photos of the Hummingbirds on the earlier post, such pretty and delicate looking birds.

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  8. Great results Wilma, that was a good deal.

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  9. A perfect, and reasonably priced, way to begin macro, Wilma. Most of my haymeadow flower pictures were taken using a close-up lens. The little Panasonic Lumix FZ28 I have been using for almost all of my photography since July is also great, getting as close as 1cm.
    Thanks also for the Brambling comment - my very first post was about Bramblings, so there are a couple of other pictures there if you want to go back to the April 2009 archive and have a look.

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  10. Great close ups, Wilma. Looking forward to seeing more results from your recent bargain.

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  11. Hi Wilma,

    Belated Happy Thanksgiving.

    The photographs of the Christmas Cactus are something else. Always a favourite of at this time of year.

    Think you got yourself a real bargain with the lenses. Cannot wait to see more of your photos nothing like experimenting with new lenses.

    Enjoy.

    John

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  12. Nice shots!
    Jorge sousa from Portugal www.ibernatur.blogspot.com

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  13. Hi Wilma.
    Happy late Thanksgiving Day.
    You must be over the moon with your new macro lenses.Your photo's are lovely.
    I too have had some good bargains on Ebay. I will always look there first if I am looking for something.

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  14. Jan, Roy, Emma, Dean, John, Jorge, and Ken,

    thank you for commenting and for the Thanksgiving wishes. I hope to have some better macro shots for future posts.

    cheers,
    Wilma

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