Macro | Shine Bright Like A Diamond

Yes, the song is overplayed, a bit repetitive and not even written by Rihanna, but like most of her songs, is catchy and thus, a veritable hit to remember the winter of 2012 by.

And that's what came to mind when I was shooting this macro - "shine bright like a diamond"...

Shine Bright Like a Diamond

Some tricks I've learned while shooting macros - use the AF on your camera to lock in the focus, but then adjust the position of the camera ever so slightly until you get the element you want into focus. Hold your breath and release that shutter.

In my example, I was fixated on the larger crystal towards the middle right. I know when I focused, that crystal wasn't sharp, so I moved until it was, and did my best to keep still while depressing the shutter. I think I got a little lucky - the two other shots I took weren't as sharp. I also admit to cropping away about half the original image, but I was able to do that because the crystal is in focus.

I've had the macro lens on my camera for over a month because I know I should use it more. It's not just for close ups - it is good for all purpose use, although it may be a little slower focusing. I've really enjoyed using it.

Linked to This or That Thursday.

Lisa Gordon  – (January 10, 2013 at 7:48 AM)  

Amazing macro, Shirley!
Beautifully done.
Happy day to you!

Anonymous –   – (January 10, 2013 at 6:54 PM)  

Such beautiful images of ice crystals! Great macro! Have a wonderful day.

Nancy  – (January 12, 2013 at 7:12 AM)  

Nature kicks ass. This is amazing Shirley.

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