February 15, 2013

It’s the Little Things: Canon 100mm macro/IS ~ Austin Area Photographer

My Family

It seems like there are quite a few generations of photographers who were inspired by the work of contributors to National Geographic magazine. The stories and accompanying photographs transported the reader/viewer and engaged imaginations. As kids, we were no exception.When my dad’s copy arrived, it was so hard to be patient for my turn to look it over. It felt a tiny bit sad that I didn’t get to be the one who peeled the wrapper off and get the first whiff of printer’s ink.

I love that smell.

Good for me: one of my dear aunties thought it was a good idea for me to have my very own copy of World Magazine, National Geographic’s magazine for kids.

I always got the first whiff. Thank you, Auntie Tootsie!

Are you one of those people who start reading magazines from the back? I was and still am mostly. Always in the case of World. The very back page of the magazine was dedicated to extreme close-up macro photographs of common objects or living things. It’s funny how moving in very close can change how something looks. Flowers become vast landscapes and small insects become ginormous. The change in perspective is such a treat for me and it’s so fun to recall how it felt to see something familiar in a new and sometimes surprising way.

When I accompanied Noah to his film photography class, Mr. Snappers was armed with the Canon 100mm macro that we got for Christmas. I love love love this lens! It easily goes from macro to a standard telephoto with the flick of a switch. It might be a tiny bit slow to focus but unless the conditions are extremely dark, it’s really not much of an issue. With the image stabilization, shooting at slow shutter speeds is super easy. The bokeh is sweet, too.

The plant residents of Zilker Botanical Gardens are still in the process of gearing up for spring blooms. There were a few shrubs and plants that had a head start, including this flowering quince shrub.

Austin Area Photographers ~ Mercedes Morgan PhotographyMacro photography ~ Austin Botanical Gardens photographer ~ Mercedes Morgan Photography

A pipeline swallowtail butterfly was hovering and enjoying the buffet. This guy was fast.CR5A5884

Ferns have to be among my favorite plants. They’re so pretty and graceful.Macro photography ~ Austin Botanical Gardens photographer ~ Mercedes Morgan Photography

Cute!Macro photography ~ Austin Zilker Botanical Gardens photographer ~ Mercedes Morgan PhotographyMacro photography ~ Zilker Botanical Gardens photographer ~ Mercedes Morgan Photography

I was under the impression that the blacksmith’s shop was just there for looks. It was neat to find that it actually gets use.CR5A5926CR5A5927CR5A5977CR5A5981

Baby carp! I didn’t see any other ones at the Japanese garden’s pond.Macro photography ~ Austin's Zilker Botanical Gardens photographer ~ Mercedes Morgan PhotographyMacro photography ~ Zilker Botanical Gardens photographer ~ Mercedes Morgan Photography

This palm will always make me think of my dad.CR5A5983

My boy, the handsome excuse to visit the Gardens. <3!CR5A6009

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