I’m not one to make New Year’s resolutions, but I’m not above setting a few goals, otherwise known as to-do lists. (Remember, where other people enjoy mundane things like world travel, front row concert seats to see Adam Levine and a house on the beach, I get all giddy when I gleefully cross off an item on my list.)
One such item was renting/buying a new lense or two. I’ve been working exclusively with two lenses since getting my Rebel two years ago. At the time that I purchased my camera, I belonged to a camera club and on the advice of the President, I opted not to get the kit lens and went straight for a 18-135mm. It served me well for several months, but I drooled over the beautiful bokeh effects we all covet so I purchased a prime 85mm 1.8 and slowly but surely that became my favorite of the two.
For a while now I’ve been thinking about either buying or renting a macro lens and maybe a lens that could zoom a bit more than my 135. Rather than go to Amazon or another on line source, I went to a local camera shop. I knew I might pay a bit more, but I like the idea of supporting local small business and having more of a personal relationship, as well as the ability to ask for help or advice when (not if) the need arises.
So let me cut to the chase and the main reason for this post. I walked into the shop fully expecting to purchase a macro lens, perhaps spending $300 or more.
Instead, I walked out with this:
I have known about these filters for a while, but never had the opportunity to try them, so Tony, the shop owner and my new bff, let me play around with them. Notice the detail on the penny? The lens was maybe less than two inches away, and normally I would need to be about three feet away or more from whatever I was shooting for the camera to take the shot.
I will admit it took some getting used to and I still don’t have the process down pat (focusing is a bit inconsistent), but for $58 it’s a great way to get up close and personal with your subject and not invest heavily in a dedicated macro lens.
Tony also demonstrated extenders in lieu of the filters, but they weren’t my cup of tea. As it happened he inadvertently left the extender on my camera and when I returned the following week to return it, I ended up purchasing a 70-300mm lens. (While in Florida, I had wished I had a lens that could zoom a bit more than the 135, especially when we were in the Everglades.)
Both of these shots were taken at the camera shop while standing in the same spot. The first one was taken with my 135mm camera fully extended, and the second with the new lens fully extended.
This next picture, taken with my 18-135mm, demonstrates the closest I could get to my subject with that lens with no macro filters.
And this picture was taken using my 85mm, again, no macro filters.
Heres a picture using my 135mm with one 10x filter.
You can use as many or as few filters as you want. This next one I was using a 10x and a 4x. Notice it’s a bit larger than the last one.
Here I used the 10x, 4x and 2x. Pretty cool for $58 bucks, right?
If you’re just an amateur photographer like me and don’t have the need for a dedicated macro lens, you might want to consider macro filters, but if possible I recommend you try before you buy.
Now about those drapes. Notice in the picture below one drape is lower than the other. That’s because I forgot to take a ‘before’ pic and shot this one while we were in the middle of working on them!
Something that’s bothered me for a while is I always felt the drapes were a bit short for this space. The ceiling is high and it just looked out of whack to me. I dug up some drapes that we had in our former house and extended them about 12″ above the window frame.
Aside from the fact the light is much better in this next picture, I think it looks better this way, and I also like that the drapes are sheer and airy, perfect for the warmer weather…if it ever gets here!
I’ve got a few other tweaks I want to do to this room…change the rug, get rid of my ‘Frazier’ chair, maybe slipcover the leather sofa/chair and add some pattern to the space…I’m not really sure yet, but for sure I’ll be asking for opinions/advice. Oh, and remember that centerpiece on my Spring table? It’s now on the cocktail table in this room.
In other news…
Since I’ve been
boring entertaining you for weeks with my tales and woes about the fridge, I can’t pass up the opportunity to show you the new one.
I would have loved a cabinet depth, but this was the only fridge that would fit the space and I’m fine with it. Heck, I’m just happy it works!!
We’ve got the Grands this weekend. We haven’t seen them since before we left for Florida three months ago so we’re looking forward to it. Till next time my lovelies…