The Dawn Of A New Day (5 Images) Part 1

Hi, Everyone!  What I have been waiting for, and what you have been waiting for, occurred yesterday!  As time ticked on by ever so slowly, I kept running to the door, then I kept one ear attended to the street noises as I worked in my gardens, waiting (not at all!) patiently for the UPS Truck.  When it finally did arrive, I did not even hear it, and all that (nail biting) waiting was for naught.  Go figure!

Good thing that I didn’t see the UPS delivery because I just may not have been able to restrain myself to (throw myself at) hug the UPS man.  He brought my Gift to me and the JOY in my Heart burst and shimmered for all to see.  That UPS man brought me my Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens!  My Heart beat so loud and hard, I am surprised you did not hear it.  Or did you?  (smile)

Taking the lens out of the box, I immediately saw that it is more then twice the length of my 60 mm f/2.8 Macro lens, and it is at least twice the weight.  I actually knew this when I purchased this lens, but in actually seeing this lens and holding this lens, it is a far different experience then seeing a picture of it.  My Heart sank.  I could not justify purchasing the Macro lens with the Image Stabilizer on it, because the cost was almost $1,000.00 American dollars.  That means, in order to hand hold this lens, I must have extreme control over hand shake and movement.

At the moment, my hands and wrists do not have the strength to hold this lens steady as I am accustomed to.  Did that deter me?  I must be truthful, for a few moments it did.  This new day that has dawned for me, means I have to learn how to steady my hands and also how to use my NEW tripod with my camera/Macro lens to get outstanding photos.  Anyways, all this was going through my mind, as I stood looking at this lens, now attached to my camera body.

I asked myself if I was about to allow fear to control me, to cheat me from an opportunity to see what I can actually do now with this lens, and to see what this lens can do for me.  My answer was no.  So, I took my camera, put those (darn) glasses on my nose, and outside I went to search for Treasure.  YES! I found it.  And in finding it, I observed in the doing, that I can steady this heavy lens while laying on the ground using my arms as “tripods”, my elbows firmly on the ground, and my forehead pressed against the camera itself.  Holding my breath as well to control movement further, is a must, as I not only press the shutter but as I am manually focusing.  That can be a LONG breath.  Good thing I do Yoga!

In the search for Treasure, I discovered while I am free standing, the hand shakes are very visible.  As I have stated, my hands and my wrists are not strong enough (YET) but, with all this gardening I am presently doing, (all things truly do have a purpose!) what is needed to keep that heavy lens steady in a free stand posture, this too, shall be accomplished.  I have every faith in myself as a photographer and as the person I AM!

Part 2 of this series will contain one photograph where I was free standing.  After three attempts at getting a clear image, I actually snapped a perfect image.  Imagine that!  I admit, it was far from easy, but, AmyRose does not walk away from a challenge.  (smile)

Before I show you my Treasure, I want to tell you I have 4 gardens completed (this does not include fertilization nor preparing for insects) with a 5th garden started which I plan on finishing today.  I would very much like to get a 6th garden at least started today as well.  Tomorrow rain is in the forecast which is a good thing, because this sore body truly needs a rest.  And in that rest, TA DA!, I may just be blogging!  OH FOR THE JOY!

[The conditioning I am receiving now from preparing my garden beds, will enable me to do more as time goes by.  I know I said I have 20 gardens, but you wait and see.  Before you know all of them shall be done!  And it is a very good thing that some of my gardens are small so they I will be able to do in a jiffy!]

And now for the show!  Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present to you Treasures taken with my new Macro lens.  The reviews I read repeatedly stated this lens takes extremely tack sharp images, and as you are about to see, the sharpness in these images I took will blow you away.  It did me.  Now remember, these are all hand held, taken in manual focus.  Also, none of these images are cropped.  Can you imagine what I can do with my camera/Macro lens on a tripod?  The possibilities are unlimited!!

Enjoy!!!!! Enjoy!!!!! You are witnessing history at Petals today!! OH FOR THE JOY!!!!

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MF Photography/ “The Dawn Of A New Day” 2015©AmyRose

All photographs taken with Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens, hand held, in manual focus, without an Image Stabilizer.

4/16/15

87 thoughts on “The Dawn Of A New Day (5 Images) Part 1

  1. I don’t know anything about lenses, but I do know that I don’t have a steady hand, and I do hold my breath to help steady it. Great pictures! You sure you want to credit the new lens? I think it might be the photographer. 🙂

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    1. You bring blushes to my cheeks. I truly LOVE what I do. When I am in that moment of capturing an image, no-thing else exists. Then when I share what I shot with you, this is my second Great Joy. Bless you for your glorious comment. It is deeply appreciated. Love, Amy >3

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    1. OH, Trini, again I find heat to my cheeks. Thank you SO much for your imporatant (to me) comment and for your feedback. I truly am so happy that you enjoyed the historical landmark today at Petals. Have a wonderful day, my friend. I do Love you! (((HUGS))) Amy ❤

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    1. Thank you, Neihtn! I can see why you would use a tripod with this lens. What I accomplished yesterday was far from easy. Yet, I am determined to use this lens either with a tripod or without. (((HUGS))) Amy ❤

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    1. You are ever so welcome, my dear friend! Thank YOU for the wonderful commment for it means so much to me that I have been able to bring you JOY in viewing my work. I am like an eager beaver who just wants to run with this lens, yet if I do not comply with disclipline and get these gardens done, my flowers will not be happy. So I continue in all I do, bringing with me, memories of your JOY. Love, Amy ❤

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    1. Yes, Susan, much fun indeed! Yet I must get these gardens done so that I can allow my flowers to grow in happy gardens. Sending my Love to you this day … (((HUGS))) Amy ❤

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    1. Thank you SO much, Irene. It brings such pleasure to me knowing that you enjoyed this post. That knowing will come with me as I continue with my gardens today. Have a Blessed day, my friend. Love, Amy ❤

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    1. That one is a Rose stem bud, Richard. I could not believe that this lens actually picked up tiny hair like structures on this bud, something I have not ever previously seen. Just amazing. (((HUGS))) Amy ❤

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    1. (smile) John, that one I was actually thinking of not showing. Bless YOU for confirming I made the right decision to publish it. May you have a wonderful day today, and I thank you for your enouragement. Love, Amy ❤

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  2. It’s so wonderful that you continue to challenge yourself. I suppose the less knowledgeable of us take foregranted everything that goes into taking a great picture. So is the main advantage of the macro the fact that it is such a sharp image? I definitely notice the details and love how you’ve countered them with some softer focuses. Good luck with your gardens!

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    1. I have yet to discover all the advantages of this lens, Marissa. As I use it, I will understand its “secrets”. The tack sharpness I noticed right away. I was literally blown away. OH, I am going places with this lens this summer. Now the thought of all I will find thrills me, and brings Song to my Heart. Thank you for the “good luck”. Truthfully, I was just saying … I seem to be running out of steam today. Whew! If I can just get garden number 5 done (it is a big one!) and the start of number 6, I will be very satisfied by my progress. I will be thinking of you today while outside in the dirt. (smile) Sending you lots of Love, Amy ❤

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      1. Wow, how many gardens do you have? Well, either way, lot of inspiration for photos! Can’t wait to see what the lens yields. Big surprises in store for both of us!

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      2. I have a total of 20 separate gardens, Marissa. I just finished number 5 as of this writing, coming in for a bite to eat, and turn around to see if I can at least start number 6. I was just saying to myself, that it seems to be going so slow this year, yet, in stepping back, I see the vast areas I already have done. These gardens were a real mess from this winter’s blast, that and it is always tough going for me to get back into gardening. Once, I get my momentum going, I fly. (((HUGS))) Amy ❤

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    1. Andy, no-thing is impossible. Make up your mind exactly what you want, and start dolng something towards that goal. It may take “time”, but if you put monies aside consistently, and hold faith in yourself that this lens you will have one day, it shall happen. I made a choice between the lower priced lens and the higher priced lens due to the many responsibilities I have in my Life. I am truly Blessed to have been able to purchase this lens. It was a long time coming. And now that I have it, I cherish it even more!! Love, Amy ❤

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      1. More in progress already, Andy. I have one coming hopefully tomorrow taken free standing, a request from someone who views my work, as a progression shot, one I did of a Lilac bud. That and more …. (smile) I just came in from finishing up garden number 5, and after eating, I would like to start at least, number 6. Whew!

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  3. That’s unbelievable, Amy! I truly understand your excitement! That must be the Ferrary of cameras for a photographer. I am so happy for you and I love to feel your excitement through your words. Have much much fun!!!

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    1. Thank you, Erika. It is the Ferray of lenses, my friend. I actually have an “old” camera, but the way this thing keeps on going, and what I can do with it, my camera will be staying with me for a long time to come. Bless you for the comment. It meant a lot to me. Love, Amy ❤

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    1. Thank YOU, Cee! I am thrilled I purchased this lens! I look forward in discovering what I can do with it, and what this lens as well can do. Excited? OH YES!!! Love, Amy ❤

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    1. You are so welcome, Shauna. My Gratitude runs over, believe me. I am so excited to see what this lens and I together can do. And the Beauty of it is, I have Petals to share my Gift with you. If it were not for Petals, much of my JOY would not be alive as it is today. Every image I take I can hardly wait to show you and all who come here. I feel like a kid when I have my camera in my hand. LOL Love, Amy ❤

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    1. Amy, yours is the last comment I am responding to before I step back into my gardens. All of my Macro photography has been hand held, without IS, and in manual focus. The challenge in this lens is that it is so heavy and much longer, both factors making it much more difficult to maintain complete steadiness. I am thrilled you saw this post, for it represents ground breaking history at Petals, and in my Life as well. I hope to get the remaining 5 images to this series up tomorrow. For now, I have about 5-6 hours of work ahead of me, and today, I am feeling it. I am hoping once I get going, my body will perk up. Sending Much Love to you this day, my friend, and deep appreciation for your continual support of me. Both I am so grateful for. Love, Amy ❤

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    1. I too have not been around as much, my friend. I hope you know as well, how much you mean to me. You are a Blessing in my Life. Thank you ever so kindly for coming to Petals to support both myself and my work. I Love you! Love, Amy ❤

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    1. Thank you, Dan. The possibilities tittilate me, thrill me, bring a sense of innocence of child again. Yes, I am positively looking forward to this season of JOY. And I am so happy I can share what I find with you! Love, Amy ❤

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    1. Thank you, Laine. Yoga is only an aspect of Life as I know it to be. I’ve really been conscious of breath lately as I breathe Life and create in the Moment. My frame of mind, my attitudes and actions, my choices, my commitment to being Happy in Heart … oh yes, these and more equate to my JOY. Yoga truly has become the foundation of my Life in so many ways. (((HUGS))) Amy ❤

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    1. Raewyn, I am so happy for you. You deserve a tripod. Yes, they really do make all the world of a difference. I plan on using mine with my macro photography. I am so glad you enjoyed this post! Love, Amy ❤

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    1. Oh, Sue!!! This lens is a dream come true for me! The detail I am now seeing is blowing me away. I thought my first macro lens was good, but in comparison, it doesn’t even come near. I am going to have SO much fun with this lens this year, I feel like a kid again. I am seeing these hair like structures on a lot of the tiny growth and it has made me curious as to what I am seeing and for what purpose these hairs serve. Even on the tulip I shot, I saw these hairs. Just amazing …. and some are so small they are not see with the naked eye. Wow!! Love, Amy ❤

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    1. Dreams have a way of coming true, my friend. I know. I am living proof I now have a lens which at first I thought was out of my reach. I would not give up in my Dream, and here I am today, with my Dream Lens. (smile) (((HUGS))) Amy ❤

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    1. I am thrilled with this new lens, Laura. The only drawback it is so much heavier then my 60mm macro. I have to build up more strength in my hands, wrists and fingers, which is exactly what I am doing in my gardens. GRIN! Love, Amy ❤

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    1. Kathy, this new lens is really giving me a Gift beyond anything I have dreamed of. It is powerful and so sharp, that what I am now capturing and how I am doing it, is something that leaves me in awe. I am so fortunate to be able to be doing this. Oh yes, I chose to do photogrpahy and stick with it, yet, what is transpiring is beyond anything I foresaw. I am in heaven. SO good to have you back! Please pace yourself. I promise if you do. (Smile) Love, Amy🌹💞🌹

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