Playing with New Toys

I am teaching a class this weekend for people living on the outskirts of the city.  We are going to be a class on sports photography, and so people who don’t normally get to use a DSLR, but Living & Learning Nillumbik has purchased one for people to share.  So we have got a Nikon D3200 with two lenses.  Should be great fun using to photograph a football game, Aussie Rules that is.

I had a little play with it on the macro setting.  My camera doesn’t have a marco setting, so it was fun to play with it.  I took some photos of the very few flowers in my garden, don’t expect too much it is winter.  Some were good, some not, but still some fun.


  1. Be forewarned–shooting in macro can be addictive. A whole new world opens up when you get really close to a subject.

  2. I’ve had some frustration with the digital macro on my P500 – it’s very “picky” it seems, and one shot works when the next (nearly identical) shot fails…That’s fine for things that sit still, but not fun when I’m trying to get a bee hovering over a flower…
    The calla lilies are lovely – wish my garden had color in the winter :D

    • That would be very frustrating. I hope you have worked it out, I would love to do more macro and would really like to get a macro lens one day. It would be great, I could do so much stuff with it.
      The lilies are lovely right now. They won’t be in about 4 months. We have been breaking weather records all year, it has seemed very cold, but we have had some very warm days, so things are flowering when they shouldn’t. Though having said that a lot of Australian natives flower in winter, probably less stress on the plants.

    • My Panasonic FZ-62 has the same problem, sometimes it focuses, other times it refuses to! There is a button to press to get it into macro mode, but sometimes in ‘auto’ it does it all by itself, it her times it won’t! I keep having to read the manual to work out how to do things. I have just worked out how to set the focus and then recompose the shot…. It’s no longer the ‘half depress the shutter & recompose’ its a completely different button!

    • Would be good, but not really high on my list of must haves right now, though it would be good one day.

    • Thanks, I don’t know that classes like this are very common, but a great thing for Nillumbik to do for there residents. :)

    • Haha, yes, I can imagine practice would make you better, not sure how much I would get into it, but I do like doing some. Would be nice to have a real macro lens, mmm, maybe one day. Thanks Robert.

    • Thanks Andrew, they are really the only ones that worked, I should do some more before it goes back.

  3. How fun! What is living and learning Nillumbik? I will click on the link here in a minute. Okay, I’m impressed that you have anything with color let alone any flowers in winter! Winter here is brown, dead and lifeless. Occasionally we get some pretty snow, but not often.

    • Basically it is like an adult learning centre, so they run classes for adults, it is where I do all my teaching. How you describe your winter is how I would describe our gardens in summer. This is one of the best times in the garden, and we have many things that flower most of the year. Though, we have broken records many times this year with warm days, so the garden does get a little confused. Many Australian native plants also flower during winter.

    • Could be Lisa, I was glad they let me bring it home, I’ve been playing around with also so I know exactly how to use it so I can show others as well. Thanks

  4. Good job with the calla lilies. We have those too. Inherited from the previous owners of our house. They come back every year. I like how you picked up the veins in the flower.

    • Thanks Nia, I love them, and have them everywhere. Ours die off as soon as the weather starts getting warm, so by mid summer they look dead. Though they haven’t come back as well this year, but hopefully with all the rain we have been having they will.

  5. If you are interested, you can get what is called a “Macro Filter,” which is exactly what it sounds like. It screws on to the filter threads on your normal lens, and magnifies it a little, but mostly just makes it so that you can focus a lot closer. You can probably get some pretty good ones for less than $30, if you can find a place that sells them. Of course there are some downsides, such as you can only focus in a very small area, especially with the larger values, and they do make the lens more prone to chromatic aberrations, but it is a much cheaper way to do some macro work, since you just use those with whatever lenses you already have. I would suggest getting a set that fits the filter threads for whatever is your longest lens, or whatever lens has the largest range.

    • Oh dear, I seem to have forgotten something…

      The images are really good. I had meant to say that in the other comment, but I forgot by the time I got done writing about the filters…

      • Haha, thanks Joseph, they were fun, the camera is gone now, but it was nice to play with something new for awhile.

    • I have one Joseph, I got one years and years ago, but I hardly use it, I find it a bit too limiting, for all the reasons you have said too. I forget I have it, but maybe I should drag it out and try it again.

      • Yeah, I got a set of them for my new lens, (75-300mm) and I only really use the +1 and +2. I wish it was easier to switch between close up and normal though…

    • Thanks Becky, I think that is the nice thing about our winter, there are always flowers, the summer is when it can be hard to find any.

  6. These are quite beautiful, Leanne…and it looks as if you’re having an early Spring?

    Fine color and clarity, so the ‘glass’ is decent (for a Canon, which ‘glass’ sometimes has distortion, especially in macro shots).

    • No the colours are fairly normal for this time of the year. Many Australian natives flower at this time, which is lovely.
      The camera was a Nikon, I couldn’t work out what the entry level Canon was, they seem to have changed stuff again. The Nikon was fun to use.

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