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My new lens.


Lifestyle + Travel Photographer and Writer.

My new lens.

Veronica Armstrong

It's my favorite time of the year. I'm in love with the chilly mornings, warm afternoons, changing leaves, and crispy air. Football is on, my sweaters are out, and the darkening sky has tricked my children into sleeping earlier. It's heaven. My new to me lens is a 50mm macro*. I chose this lens because I really love the focal lens and Tracey Clark recommended it in one of her books (I'm a big fan of her work so I take her written advice seriously). My 50mm 1.4 is my favorite lens but it doesn't focus well very close up. The macro, while it isn't going to give me true macro shots like life-size insect images (which is the last thing in the world a chicken like me wants to shoot), focuses much closer up than my 1.4.

It's a fabulous lens and I'm happy with it but I obviously have no idea what I'm doing. I know nothing of macro. I'm mostly walking around like "Hmm, let me get really close to this shit". I'm having a good time but have a lot to learn.


I tried taking shots of this tree in the past. The crinkly texture and pretty rust color drew me in. They never looked quite right with my 50 1.4 or 35 but I like these.

It's just such a cool tree. To me anyway.

Any macro tips for a newbie?



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