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Macro photography seems to be all the rage these days on online fine art sites.  And let me tell you, there are some really stunning images that I could only dream of creating quality wise.  But everyone knows I am a dreamer…..so I am going to see what I can do with my creative eye and my new Nikon D7000 with a fixed macro lens.  Thanks to a photographer friend, I also have a mono-pod on order which should be here tomorrow.  She explained that it helps with stability and better image quality.

I am not a professional photography by any definition and I have always been a point and shoot kind of gal.  I am not a person of patience….and have always enjoyed the quick fleeting shots.  I like photographing things that move and sway.  Things that disappear. Macro photography takes a certain amount of patience and diligence that I know I will find extremely challenging, but I am up for it!

I am not new to photography in anyway including macro, but it has always been more of a hobby for me.  I will be the first to admit that I do not fully understand all of the jargon…ISO….white balance…shutter speed…..depth of field, etc.  These are things I am going to learn.  

The image above was taken about 5 years ago with my Nikon D50.  I loved that camera and the zoom lens with macro capabilities was perfect for my fast moving brain.  I have sold a lot of artwork and photos with that little gem including this cactus flower here.  It took really nice photographs.  

Getting used to a Prime Lens (fixed without zooming capabilities) is my first challenge.  When I first assembled it and started shooting there was much frustration and angst.  My photography buddy had to walk away….lol.  Change is hard.

So here I am a professional painter and hobbyist photographer diving into the complex, challening and detailed world of macro photography for real.   Wish me luck!

My first offering with the new equipment:

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