Essays taken from a weekly newspaper column published in the Washington County News, Washington, Kansas. Look for my book, "Dispatches From Kansas," available from Amazon.com, or from the author.
Pseudo macro? That's a new one to me. But the morning glory is beautiful, if that's what it is. Looks like morning light....That's what my dad always said to me. "Morning, Glory..."
Well, I have a hankering for a true macro lens so I was playing with the macro capabilities of my little Panasonic LX3. Not bad, but not like a real Nikon hunk of glass, either. I did like the morning glories.
I like the way it looks like light is shining out from the center of the flower and illuminating the stamen. With a real macro lens, you could probably get right up on that stamen and see the individual grains of pollen, but this is beautiful too. Just two different perspectives on the same pretty flower.
I rented a Nikon 60 mm micro lens to try for a week. I know 60 mm is fairly short but the lens is supposed to be ideal for copy work, which I do. I tried the 105 mm micro last year but found myself spending too much time stooped over bugs and finally decided I didn't want to be a bug photographer. We'll see how it goes when it arrives. Since I have it just one week, I need to rearrange my schedule to allow for a good, hard test to see how it operates. My neighbors might wonder about me if they see me crawling around in the weeds, though.
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