Two years ago i decided to start taking pictures every day to put some new life in my lingering hobby. I just past day number 600 and posting a picture everyday is almost second nature for me now. There were moments that i had no motivation but after a couple of hundred photo’s it becomes harder and harder to quit. For most of the pictures i have tried to put some effort in it and I have never uploaded a photo straight from my phone.
I like macro photography the most, looking and showing the hidden details, small creatures and details of plants. I try to give myself a different challenge everyday like using this lens or that flash, going to the shoreline or only take pictures of that old tractor. Limiting myself forces me to be creative and think of solutions I have never thought of.
The cameras I use the most for now is a Nikon D7100 with a Nikon 105mm macro lens. I also use 2 Nikon R1 macro flashes or a normal flash with a big diffuser. To get even closer I use extension tubes with the 105mm or 50mm f1.8. lenses In my camera bag I also have an older Nikon 300mm lens. The other camera’s I use are a Fuji e1 with 18, 35 and 55-200mm lenses, a Sony RX100III and my phone.
I hardly ever use a tripod when I take macro pictures and most of the time I take the pictures where I find the bug or flower. I sometimes move grass or leaves from the background but for the rest I leave it as it is. Because I take pictures every day I don’t go for perfection. If I catch my self tinkering endlessly , I will put a stop to it…I have more to do and…the best pictures are not perfect. For this tinkering I use mainly Lightroom but also Photoshop and filters from Topazlaps.