Posts Tagged ‘Macro’

Macro Photography – What equipment do you require?

Close Up Lens

There are a number of ways to get into macro photography ranging from inexpensive to outrageously expensive. Tough decisions to make, especially for someone that doesn’t make their living from photography. If you decide you want to explore macro photography you have a number of options. I have listed these options starting with what I […]


Mount Tzouhalem Ecological Reserve

White fawn lily (Erythronium oregonum), Mt. Tzouhalem Ecological Reserve, Cowichan Valley, British Columbia, Canada

The Mt. Tzouhalem Ecological Reserve located near Duncan in the Cowichan Valley is an amazing area for wildflowers. Being located primarily on the exposed lower slopes of Mount Tzouhalem the species found are different from the Honeymoon Bay Wildflower Reserve which is primarily forested. Mt. Tzouhalem Ecological Reserve was spectacular with shooting star, buttercup and […]


Pink Fawn Lily (Erythronium revolutum)

Pink fawn lily (Erythronium revolutum)

Pink Fawn Lilies (Erythronium revolutum) are plentiful in a number of areas on the Cowichan River and throughout Vancouver Island although they tend to be in isolated patches. The white fawn lily is far more common.


Ferns, Cowichan Valley

Cowichan Valley fern

With the return of good weather and some time to do photography I’m going to try and stay on a selection of local images for a while. The ferns are in some ways at their most beautiful now as the fiddleheads are appearing.


White Fawn Lily (Erythronium oregonum)

White fawn lily (Erythronium oregonum)

A sure sign that spring has arrived; the fawn lilies and trillium are finally making their appearances.


Vancouver Island Temperate Forest Macro

Vancouver Island Mosses

By slowing down we can pause long enough to really look closely at the amazing world around us. This is one of the joys of macro photography, poking around and discovering new plants and animals that most people don’t even notice. This particular photograph has an amazing collection of mosses, literally a miniature garden growing […]


Grass and Ice

Maple Leaf, Grass and Ice

I like the colours in this photograph. It’s certainly the type of image where often photographers will saturate the colour a little more but this is more natural.


Photography, internet access and rain

Sand and Rock, Cape Blanco State Park, Oregon

I’ve been spending the past five days on the southern Oregon coast and the weather has been very seasonal for the area; lots of rain with the added excitement of high winds. On top of this, no internet access! Is this good? Life isn’t too bad. I used to camp in small tents and once […]


The Lowly Dandelion

Dandelion - Dente de lion

A strange thing happened a few days ago. I was riding my lawn mower in my precise and efficient cutting pattern and started looking at the wildflowers that were growing right in front of my blades. A few seconds later they were history, all but a memory. It occurred to me that before I mow […]


Sigma 50mm f2.8 D Macro EX


I’m beginning to feel like an equipment junkie having purchased a couple new (used) lenses recently. One of these, the Nikkor 10.5mm fisheye I have mentioned a number of times in previous posts (A few more 180’s from the Nikkor 10.5mm Fisheye Lens and Fisheye Views). The other lens I recently purchased was a Sigma […]


Mushroom season update

Vancouver Island Mushrooms

The mushroom season is slowly coming to an end but fortunately I have had the opportunity to photograph and eat many great examples. I just updated the mushroom and fungi gallery so have a look, many of these are incedably beautiful and others somewhat bazarre. Check it out! http://apo…


Sigma 150mm f2.8 APO Macro review


I haven’t owned a macro lens for a number of years since making the move to digital. At that time I was using a classic manual focus 105mm Nikkor and thoroughly enjoyed it. About a month ago I got the urge to shoot up close and personal again and after a little research decided on […]