Despite having two essay assignments due by this coming Friday, here I am typing this blog entry. I guess I just need a break from all the reading and essay writing. Anyway, I went to Hort Park last Friday to do some macro photography. Yes, I’m becoming quite the macro freak myself.
Hort Park is more to being a gardening hub than your playground plus lovebirds sitting on benches around kinda park. They have mini gardens with different concepts here including one with a Wizard of Oz theme. There are also glass houses where various plants are cultivated. There are also rooms and places for people to rent to organize functions. Don’t have any photographs of the place as I was busy looking for critters to shoot.
Anyway, I tried the correct and proper technique to shoot macro which is:
1. Manually focus the lens to 1:1 magnification
2. Move forwards and backwards to achieve focus on the subject
This was definitely a lot more challenging for me. I had to control my breathing to ensure that my body is stable and not swaying too much. I had to look through the tiny viewfinder to see if I got things in proper focus – in this case, sharpest focus on the insect’s eyes. This proved to be challenging as I don’t really have the best eyesight there is. Some of the shots turned out soft and out of focus while the rest were alright.
Eventually, I decided to go back to using the auto focus. My technique is not the correct way to shoot macro hence my magnification ratio is not entirely 1:1. Here’s what I did:
1. Autofocus on the subject.
2. Move closer until the autofocus fails.
3. Move back slightly to achieve focus again and shoot.
It’s not the proper method but I’m happy with the results. On an unrelated note, my midterm break is coming up starting next Saturday. Will be staying in Singapore this time. Hopefully to study for the midterm exams after the break. But I will be indulging in some photography as well (hopefully macro).