If you don't have the money for a macro lens (like me), I've found an inexpensive alternative that just might make your day!
I love making close-ups that show details, but even with my beloved 50 mm f/1.8 lens, I can't get in as close as I'd like to. Until recently, the only solution I knew of was an expensive macro lens...out of the question on our current "saving-for-a-new-car-since-I-totaled-the-last-one" budget.
But then I found these little darlings...
They're macro filters, and they've turned out to be a wonderful, crazy inexpensive way to achieve close-ups without investing in a macro lens! At just $24.99 they were a great way for me to experiment a little and see what it takes to see beauty in the details. The one used for this photo was labelled a six, which I assumes means that it's capable of getting six times closer than a normal lens (but correct me if I'm wrong). I hope to soon purchase the ten to see what it can do!
I will say that it's not necessarily easy to get a good photo with the filter. I took at least 20 photos on a walk with our boys using the filter, and the above photo was the only one that didn't turn out blurry. The wind, my own breathing, and the natural shakes and shivers of my body made for some creative balancing just to get this one.
But it was fun doing it!
This lovely little blue flower (and the cheap but wonderful filter that allowed me to get it) is my one beautiful thing for this week friends, what's yours?
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