Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XS, Tamron 28-80 lens @ 28mm, Zeikos Macro attachment, ISO 100, f/3.5, 1/160 sec.
  Spring is definitely in full gear in East Tennessee. Rained for 5 days straight and then today the sun poked it's head out.
  With my wife working today, I couldn't run off and go take photos with the kids at home but the with the sun out and a 90% chance of rain in the forecast for tomorrow, I had to photograph something.
  So I dug out the old Zeikos Macro attachment for my Tamron lens, mounted the flash on the camera and took off into the yard to catch some of the new spring color.
  I figured out something on this quest. When using my macro attachment, laying on my belly is the best way to get a steady hand while hand holding the camera. This attachment is so touchy that you have to move in and out from the subject until you are in perfect range before the auto-focus will latch onto it.  While standing up it is hard to do and hold your distance.  Laying on my belly with my elbows firmly on the ground in front of me worked great.
  Laying on the ground also got me very close to some neat little subjects hanging out in the grass.  Normally, I despise Dandelions.  When we moved in our house 3 1/2 years ago, we had plush grass in our yard.  In the span of one year it was full of several species of weeds that are trying to take over.  Dandelions are one of these species that are trying to take over.  They are very pretty though and made for some macro fun.
  I have a couple of other shots of different flowers I will post as well, but I will save them for other posts.


  1. Great macro shot Jerry, I love it! Our local health food store sells organic dandelions for food.... and it's EXPENSIVE! We've got a few in our yard too and this weekend I proudly announced to Mrs. Toad we should startup an organic dandelion farm. She thought it was a great idea. I am really sure our neighbors wouldn't.

  2. Nice! I feel warmer already. Don't think we've officially met. I know your twin via Twitter. Nice macro work, Jerry

  3. Great macro. I have been enjoying a lot of your recent macros.