The ground is frozen solid. Except for the few evergreen trees, all that stands around in the garden are dead sticks, seed-heads, dry leaf molds and leaf-less skeletons of plants. Though few winter-salads and vegetables are growing under cloche and in tunnels, but I feel too cold to look after them. However, that didn't deter me from going out and playing with the marco lens that I rented for a day.
I wanted to capture the stillness and ruggedness of the winter, the majesty that lies within the dead seed-heads of the plants that appear dead and or in suspended animation at the top; but the roots are busy, building up energy to emerge renewed and invigorated comes the spring. But who knew macro photography is so difficult. I assumed that I would put in the lens and click away, taking mesmerizing pictures like those national geography photos. But woman proposes, God disposes; or shall I say the micro lens disposed? It was quite heavy. Then, one has to really fiddle with all the variabilities of ISO, exposure, shutter speed, distance to the object and aperture. On top of that a minute shake will completely ruin the picture. A tripod or a self-timer also doesn't help as the object might be moving in air. After much permutation and combination and some light reading, I realized that a 105 mm does not allow one to get really close (like one inch) to the object; for that a more shorter focal length like 90 or smaller is required. It's best to use the manual mode and open the aperture at the maximum f that the lens allow; then only change the shutter speed to find the good exposure.
Here are some of the photos that I took: