Tell me something about macrophotography and you'll have all my ears. Why? Simply because I love macrophotography but I find it challenging yet frequently frustrating. You see, I bought a Canon 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro lens last April 2011 to satisfy my desire in shooting tiny objects. Honestly, this desire started when I saw the beautiful flowers at Al Ain Paradise (reminding myself that I bought the macro lens not on whim but because of my growing interest in different genre).
Great. I have acquired the proper lens and here comes the challenges. For some this may sound absurd but a photo enthusiast like me, I think it is pretty normal. First of all, I have to get dirty--I mean, I have to kneel and sit on the ground to get the shots that I want. I have to lie on my belly for hours, which I don't mind at all. I have to assume some awkward positions--almost ligament and tendon stretching positions which I often called acrobatics. :)) Plus I have to suffer and endure the pain while ants are feasting on my feet, belly and arms. Last but not least, I need to bear and ignore the odd stares coming from the people, especially when I am shooting outdoors. Maybe they're thinking that I have gone crazy for small weeds and flies.
For the technical issues, I find focusing on tiny object is very difficult especially if I'm not using a tripod. Reminding myself that I should always bring my tripod with me whenever I want to shoot macro. Light and camera shake, depth of field and framing are critical issues and most of all, I have to practice the virtue of patience especially for moving subjects like butterflies, dragonflies, bugs and birds. Even the wind can pose a challenge. Al Ain's weather during the month of October until February is unpredictable. Wind can almost kick up the sand and dust.
Despite of these challenges, I still love macrophotography. Yes, I still have a lot of things to learn and I don't mind even if it will take ages. After all, pressing the shutter keeps me sane.