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March 5, 2010 / Steve

Day 64 – The Macro World of Flowers

My friend Dave let me try out his macro lens today. The level of detail you can get at a distance of about 2 inches is amazing, and since I don’t yet own a macro lens this was a blast to try out.

5D Mark II | 1/1000 sec. | f/2.8 | ISO 100

This is an extreme closeup of “freeway flowers”. They’re all over the place, but I’ve never seen them at this level of detail before. For perspective, this flower is about the size of a dandelion. I shot a lot of interesting photos today at Balboa Park. If you’d like to see more of them, see them here on my smugmug account.



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  1. Mel / Mar 5 2010 9:20 PM

    Did you take that whole gallery of flower photos @ Balboa Park today? I really need to get a macro lens!!!

    • Steve / Mar 5 2010 9:24 PM

      Yep – all macro lens. No doubt – it’s a cool lens.

  2. Niki / Mar 6 2010 9:07 AM

    I love this picture!!! I would love to see it blown up and framed. gorgeous!

  3. Mom / Mar 6 2010 9:17 AM

    Amazing! Love the gallery of pictures and saw a few I’d like to frame. Wish I could have had that detail on my orchid pictures I sent to you.

    • Steve / Mar 6 2010 9:50 AM

      Glad you like them! It’s not likely I’ll be able to shoot pictures like that again anytime soon; those will be a unique set of photos in my collection for quite some time. It’s an expensive lens and I almost wish I hadn’t used it. Now I want one. haha

      We went to Balboa because it was a convenient location for both of us and he hadn’t been there before. That place is just a goldmine for photos. You’ve been inside the arboretum there before, where those flower pictures were taken.

  4. lauracee / Mar 7 2010 3:33 PM

    Even though it’s a still shot the middle always seems to be in motion. LOVE this and the rest of the flower shots.

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