Macro Monday, Week 1

Welcome to Macro Monday!

My idea is to alternate my future Monday posts between macro photography and re-scanned images of older Memory Monday slides, most of which I’ve shared previously.

As I searched for some macro inspiration, I quickly realized that I lack the equipment to produce anything like the really amazing macro images already on the internet. BUT where there’s a will, there’s a way, and I can still have some fun with what I do have, and hopefully learn a few things as I go along. I’m starting off Macro Monday with a few old coins…

My equipment initially consisted of a point-and-shoot camera (Canon Powershot SX530 HS) and some 55 mm magnifying lenses. The problem is that I bought the macro lenses to fit an earlier camera (my Kodak EasyShare Z7590), not my Canon which takes 67 mm lenses. Trying to handhold the magnifiers in front of my camera is far from ideal, and I wasn’t satisfied with even my best results. So for my next attempt, I used a rectangular reading magnifier with a 3x and 5x lens. And that gave me results I feel a bit better with — at least for now.

Of course, there’s nothing stopping me actually using the Kodak or even my beloved Nikon Coolpix 5700; but both of those cameras are limited to 5 megapixels, as opposed to the 16 of my Canon. I still hope to upgrade my equipment at some point in the future, I’m just not sure when that might happen.

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