Macro without a Macro Lens

I was watering my plants today when I discovered this rather sizable spider crawling around on my Christmas Cactus. I’m scared of spiders, totally unwarranted, but still scared of them. Even since I had my kids though, I’ve been trying to be brave and not show my fear in front of them because I don’t want them to grow up fearing things that they shouldn’t fear just because they observed their mom being afraid of them. So I mustered up the courage to take a closer look at the spider and then I went nuts trying to take a nice close-up of him.

I don’t have a macro lens for my Canon 5d. My 50mm f1.4 is the closest focusing lens I have, and with a minimum focusing distance of 1.5 feet and a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:6.6 it’s REALLY not a macro lens. Trying to do close-ups without a macro lens is, of course, a rather futile pursuit. I cropped the photo quite a bit to make the spider look more prominent on the photo – it’s probably about 50 percent crop of the original – and he is still not prominent enough to see all the detail that I wish I could have been able to capture. In closer inspection, he looks kind of cute. He almost looks like an old guy with big eyebrows. A macro shot of him would have been pretty cool. Maybe a macro lens will be in my future somehow, or maybe I will get confident enough to trust that I get close to every shot “right” with my Mamiya that I can start using that camera for everything. Thanks to bellows focusing, the RZ can focus really close even without a dedicated macro lens.

(50mm, ISO 100, f/3.2, 1/1250 sec)

Macro without a Macro Lens

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