I was itching to shoot some spiders and bugs over the weekend, hence I brought home the M.Zuiko 60mm F2.8 Macro lens from the office. However my insect macro session was cut short as I had some last minute urgent matters to attend to. Not having enough insect macro shots, I decided to just bring along the M.Zuiko 60mm F2.8 macro lens with me throughout the rest of my weekend and I shot anything that I thought would look good through the 60mm lens perspective!
The thing about a macro lens is that it is not just specifically used for macro purposes only, it can be used to shoot ordinary, every day photography subjects, if you find the focal length to be suitable for the intended composition. I do find the 60mm (which is 120mm in 35mm format) perspective very tight for casual shooting, but it also provides very unique perspective, something that our eyes are not used to seeing, as we see with our wide (almost equivalent to 35mm) perspective naturally. Having such a long lens, with the bright F2.8 aperture can create rather dramatic photography effect, even for the most ordinary of subjects.
All images were taken with Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II and M.Zuiko 60mm F2.8 Macro lens
To have better handling, the ECG-2 external grip for E-M10 Mark II was highly recommended.
This was shot at high ISO of 3200, considering the butterfly was hiding inside shade. Also, it was a little windy and the leaves were shaking a little, I needed the bump in shutter speed to completely freeze any motion. I think the image still looks good even at ISO3200.
So I went window shopping and found this beautiful watch. I just could not resist shooting it, though I must admit the lighting on the watch was not exactly ideal. Shooting through window glass there was a bit of reflection, but the ability of the lens to resolve so much details, at such close up distance was incredible.
Then I saw some pretty light bulbs
And I went super close up with the beautiful light bulbs.
My watch is nowhere as fancy as the previous Tissot but hey, throw in some nice creamy bokeh, a little bit of blurry reflection on the table and interesting directional light, I think it looks pretty good.
I do wish the weekend was longer! I have so much I want to do, more ideas to test out and shoot, but I just could not find enough time to carry out what I have had in mind.
Looking forward to long weekends when I just can shoot all day long.