I’ve been reading the manual that came with my camera – the Fuiji Finepix S9600. I think I now know what I’m doing wrong when taking close ups. The camera has two modes. One of close ups (macro) and one for even better close ups (super macro). That is: 3.9” and 0.4” respectively. I think in the past I’ve been too close when in ordinary macro mode. Now I find that if I focus and it’s fuzzy and then unfocus and start again from a little further away that I can get a better picture.
For example with the lollo rosso flower head I was too close but when I moved away slightly I got a much sharper picture. It is easy to under estimate or over estimate distances especially when one is wanting to be quick to get a fly or insect into the picture. I do think I’m going to have to invest in some different lenses if I want enlarged close ups! But that’s a lesson for another day. I’m going to try and master one thing at a time rather than over-dose on several and end up not being good at anything! These are some of the pictures I took tonight using my new found knowledge. Not perfect but decidedly better!!
With the nasturtiums above in the first picture I focused on the flower and the bud was hazy but in the second picture the bud was the focal point and the flowers were slightly hazy!
Signs of autumn with berries on the honeysuckle, and yet there are still blossoms as well!
A tiny moth on the hydrangea!