Learning about closeup/macro photography

Here are my submissions for Raj’s lesson on Closeup/Macro.Yes, focusing is important. Pictures taken with Nikon D3200.

When it is about focus distance, I am so much comfortable with mobile than camera. “…Mobile phone cameras have very close focus distances such s 5 cms which is excellent for closeup shots.” Excellent point.

Next photo was taken with iPhone 5 and when I showed this to my colleague. Her reaction was, “you must have scared the bee”. I said why? And she literally put that mobile on my nose and said “so how do you feel now”?


As Raj suggested, I took multiple shots. I did check a few of them but due the fact that I was running out of time (it was during my training time and bees were always on move).


Light or bright light is “a” problem. A very bright sunny day made it almost impossible to capture this butterfly. Also the background and the butterfly were like on matching day parade. This picture was tken using Samsung GT-19305.


Capturing an object inside a glass is challenging. The movements of fish, the light system inside the tank and the reflections on the glass wall were main obstacles. Taken with D3200.

The rain drops were captured with Samsung and the flower core was captured using iphone5.   One thing I realized that mobiles are very handy to use but the clarity with Nikon is much better. I thought about buying extension tube but would love to buy a macro lens next year. We tried few shops in Japan but could not get original nikon lens. Seriously, I am not joking 😀

Now it’s time to listen to Raj’s comments.

Sharpness of image and not of tongue!

My schedule for the photography lessons is all messed up. I know one should make an effort than making excuses but I have too much on my plate. Anyways, lets come to the the point.

I like Raj’s post on sharpness though I am still not quick to decide on shutter speed or aperture settings. I know I should practice more but then again.  At least now I ask myself before a click what I want to capture and how I want it to be. If it turns in what really wanted is another story 🙂

The day I chose to work on assignment is a rainy day, and so I shall not be taking any new photos today instead will try to use images with different settings.

  1. As you see the subject was much closer to the camera. In the background is Victoria harbour in Hong Kong. The technical detals are F-stop:f/6.3m, exposure time: 1/160sec, ISO-100 and focal length: 30mm

This image was taken in garden in Hong Kong where sculptors of stars of Hong Kong are displayed. This garden is situated very close to harbour on Kowloon side. I decided to keep full background to show the exact place.


The details about second photo are 1/200 sek. f/5 22 mm, ISO 100. I crop the photo and check if the image was still sharp if I crop it.

Next image shows the effect of little disturbance. The image got blurry. The details are 5.1/100 sek. f/5,6 55 mm.


I like the sharpness of the foloowing images. The technical details of the first one are  6.1/320 sek. f/9 55 mmlearnphoto5_6















Next image was taken in  a Botanical garden during summer. What I like about the image is even though the focus was off centre I am able to capture the details of flowers and the bees. It looks pretty sharp!  The details are 1/200 sek. f/7,1 55 mm, ISO-100.


The my final imge was taken on an Italian Beach. I tried to capture breaking of waves. The details are  8.1/3200 sek. f/25 116 mm, ISO 6400


Now we shall be waiting for comments from Raj!