The Generalist

Macro? What Macro?

I’ve had this little Canon PowerShot SD850 IS for a little over a year now. I bought this little camera with a particular purpose in mind. I wanted to have a camera with me at all times, especially when I was out for a walk; something lightweight, something so that if I happened upon an interesting critter I would be able to document it. I have an eye for interesting critters, particularly insects, and I’m always catching something that I wish I was able to get on film. I was tired of missing the shot so to speak. This little camera is perfect for that, but something is definitely lost in quality when you are dealing with these little lenses, especially if what you want to take a picture of is particularly small… like a bug. Up until now I have been zooming in with the digital zoom in order to get the shot, while all along this little camera had a macro setting! Once I realized this, I went out with it in mind to try it out. These photos are the result of that.

And there was a caterpillar pretending to be a stick
And first I came upon a caterpillar pretending to be a stick
Yes, it's a caterpillar
Yes, it's a caterpillar. You can even see the thread he anchors himself with in this shot.
Next I came upon a tiny weevil...
Next I came upon a tiny weevil...
And he stared at me wondering what the hell I wanted...
And he stared at me wondering what the hell I wanted...
...but he let me take his picture
...but he let me take his picture
And then I spotted a tiny spider
And then I spotted a tiny spider (can YOU spot him?)
there he is!
there he is!
hunkering down, wondering what this big shadow is...
hunkering down, wondering what this big shadow is...
then I found a leaf with some interesting fugus
then I found a leaf with some interesting fungus
and then one of the many dragonflies by the pond
and then one of the many dragonflies by the pond
on my way to Starbucks I saw a ladybug
and took another shot
and took another shot

At this point I figured I got enough shots and I went for a tea. On my way back, however, I was thinking of looking for a crab spider that I had spotted a day or two earlier… BEFORE I knew my camera had a macro setting. So I headed down to the park again. I didn’t find the crab spider, but I did make a new friend.

a dragonfly befriends me
a dragonfly befriends me
so I took the opportunity to get a portrait
so I took the opportunity to get a portrait
he left and came back a few times, but he seemed interested
he left and came back a few times, but he seemed interested
a little closer now...
a little closer now...
there he is
there he is!
a handsome fellow, I think he's smiling!
a handsome fellow, I think he's smiling!

And that’s how I learned that my camera had a macro setting!

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1 Comment

  1. jim robertazzi

    3 Dec 2011 - 11:54 am

    beautiful pictures!

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