Micro-project: Macro exploration

I experimented with a new, inexpensive 22 mm hyper-macro lens, taking dozens of shots of my hanging plant basket. This hyper-macro has a 4-4.5x magnification, revealing incredible, otherwise invisible, details.

Incredible detail

Lessons which I learned using this lens for an hour: Working with a hyper-macro is a lot like working with a microscope- small camera movements seem very large within the visual field. Shooting at f2.8 changes the depth of field into a narrow band, perhaps only millimeters wide. This lens needs a lot of light, or a high ISO. Additionally, the lens requires very close proximity to the subject. I am enchanted by the secret world of these flowering baskets, and created a mini photo book, which I think would make an excellent gift for someone.

Big little accordion book, front
Big little accordion book, back