Finally, I had time to test my macro lens. An old one a Vivitar 55mm, 2.8. The conditions for photographing were perfect. There was hoarfrost all over. So with Robert Capa’s quote in fresh in mind – “If your photographs aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” I went out.
Unfortunately, the TMax film I had ordered had not arrived yet, so I had to use my digital camera. A lovely little Olympus with a fantastic IBIS.
I took the car and drove to my favorite place in the local area. I barely got out of the car when I was overwhelmed by things to shoot. I sat up my tripod and started shooting. Since it was the first time I shot macro, it was a bit of a challenge. So with the benefit of hindsight, maybe it was a good thing I hadn’t received the film.
After a few shoots I got to grips with the focus. As someone said all good things come to those how wait. So I did wait for the right light so I could get the crystals illuminated. After a while the light was right, and suddenly one picture took the other. After some time it started to thaw, I packed my things a went home.
When I got home and saw the pictures up on the computer screen I was surprised by the quality. They stood razor-sharp even in the detail. Taken into consideration that this lens is quite old, the quality is amazing. It’s definitely worth the effort to see if it’s possible to pick one up in the local secondhand store.
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