Like all photographers, I am always looking out for ways to improve upon my shots of birds, butterflies and dragonflies and so decided to buy a Sigma 150mm macro lens. All the reviews I read were highly commendable and so in the week my new toy arrived. I just about managed a few quick sessions after work for a couple of days, literally 10 minutes each time but I thought I would put it through its paces and see what the results were like. What I didn't realise was that I was entering a completely new world where all the settings were different to what I had been used to. I struggled if honest to get anything in focus and my results were nothing short of pathetic, it almost went in the bushes a few times! I had a read up on the forums in the evenings and soon realised a few settings I was trying were completely wrong and set about trying again. I called in to Bishopstone Glen tonight after work where the sun was shining and with luck managed to find a nice Comma to practice on. Again I was struggling to get much in focus and no doubt this is because I am hand holding and I have the non IS version, a monopod may have to be purchased soon! With the Comma wanting his photo taken I tried to get down to his level and get everything parallel in the camera just as I had read and at last I had a few images that looked like they were in focus.
I moved on finding a nice Bee posing and with a number of shots taken, the odd one come out alright.
This is going to take a bit of time I think to get used too with settings etc but hopefully if I persevere I will win the battle. If any readers have any useful advice on macro shots I would very much appreciate your help on settings etc to use. I am currently using AV and try to shoot around f8 to get enough light in and a sharp image, and shots range from about 1 metre away down to around 15cm. Hopefully a few more attempts at the weekend and maybe a migrant as well to liven things up.