My Precious

How One Lens Changed My Perspective

Chillin' By the Pool
Season's End
Painted Fort
Rusted Roof
What Is It?
Out of Gas

In preparation for a summer class in close-up photography, I began to research Macro lenses in the spring of 2008. After carefully looking through a number of online reviews and many photographs, I purchased the Canon 100mm f/2.8 lens.

I chose this lens based on reviews and had no idea what I was getting into. My friends and I hired one of our RISD instructors to teach us how to shoot macro, which none of us had really done before. I wasn't too interested in shooting macro, I just liked going on shoots with my friends.

When the big, brown box arrived, I was surprised at how much heavier this was than the other lenses I was using, the 50mm 1.8 and my trusty 28-105mm.

The first evening of the class was spent at the North Burial Ground in Providence, RI and I didn't know what to expect. When I finally looked through the lens, I saw a tiny spider take up a good portion of the viewfinder. I knew right away my view was about to change.

Throughout the summer, from well manicured gardens, to an abandoned fort covered in graffiti, a marshland nature preserve, a rocky beach, a fishing trawler, and finally a junkyard, the macro lens never left my camera. A whole new world opened up, much smaller and far more interesting than what surrounded it.

I was looking in the eyes of a dragonfly as it perched on a leaf, posing for a portrait. And the frog I found in the pool cover literally stole the show at our exhibit. The conveyor belt on a fishing boat became a puzzle for "What Is It?" Spray paint on a wall became a colorful abstract. And an old baseball became one of my favorite photographs.

A whole new world opened up to me with this lens. And I'm still excited about what we have yet to explore!

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2 responses

  • Lenni Gisser

    Lenni Gisser said (8 Feb 2009):

    great pictures, I am also thinking about getting a macro lens and your article has me all over macro now.

  • Lynn H

    Lynn H (Deleted) gave props (2 Jul 2009):

    Super essay and photos! I can feel your love for this in your words! My vote

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