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Posting some quick shots before I go to bed. I took Brianne to the Chicago Botanical Garden for her birthday, and nabbed a couple decent photos. Unfortunately I didn't have time to upload any to the Botanical Garden's photo contest.







































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sweet. we picked the gardens to take family photos for my parents 50th wedding anniversary - great place for pics obviously.
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I lubbs macro! Proper use of macro can change the first, to the second image.











These cacti are actually about 2" tall at most. This shot is through the glass on a little terrarium.














This little bonsai forest is only 18" across. Lighting was terrible, so I didn't post any other bonsai photos. I'll have to come back and capture them a different time a day to see if I can do something better.





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Looks like that Nikon 105mm macro can render background pretty good.
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I like my 70's vintage Tokina/Vivitar (manual) macro lens better, but we didn't pack it for this trip. I think the next time we go, I'll make sure I bring it and the Tripod so I can pull off the shots a lot sharper. These were all hand-held with ambient light.

This place kicks the Morton Arboretum in the arse. I'm so glad we went, and the weather was awesome this weekend.

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sweet! great photos! I'm thinking of going the poor man's macro route and getting the kenko ext tubes for my 135L. Do you find yourself using the macro often?
The botanical is SO beautiful

I went there back in April when most plants were still dormant, but I did a photoshoot of an acquaintence. It was my photoshoot dedicated to portraiture. Obviously it wasn't amazing, but I was still satisfied with the outcome.
Here's the shoot if anyone is interested:
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sweet! great photos! I'm thinking of going the poor man's macro route and getting the kenko ext tubes for my 135L. Do you find yourself using the macro often?
The botanical is SO beautiful

I went there back in April when most plants were still dormant, but I did a photoshoot of an acquaintence. It was my photoshoot dedicated to portraiture. Obviously it wasn't amazing, but I was still satisfied with the outcome.
Here's the shoot if anyone is interested:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/distinc...7623755103311/
Macro Often? That really depends on your shooting style. I thought I'd be a macro fanatic, but I wound up really enjoying candid event photos and aquarium photography (the latter which is a type of macro photography I guess). I've got 3-4 macro lenses, plus some reversal rings, but I just enjoy candids so much, that the macro gear rarely gets used for Macro. I thought I'd be good at Landscape photography, but it turns out I suck at it.

I do have a macro project I'm working on next month...it's actually a stitched panorama of a series of "micro" shots that I hope to be able to sell. I'll post some samples once I get the light box built up.


The girl in your photos is pretty cute, and your framing is excellent. It looks like you had similar lighting issues as I had. You really need to be there the right time of day, or go on an overcast day to get better diffused light.

I'm really looking forward to going back to the gardens and just really concentrating on macro (or better yet, practicing my crappy landscape photography)








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