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Behind The Lens

I took this photo in the kitchen of my house. I had just purchased a macro lens for my Canon camera and wanted to experiment with it. I remembered that there was a large bouquet of flowers on the kitchen counter and decided to photograph one of the flowers. It was truly an exhilarating experience for me to see the results for the first time.
It was 12:16 pm.
The lighting in my kitchen was very good. Since it was the middle of the afternoon, I did not need to turn any lights on. I just used the natural lighting filtering through the windows of the atrium door and window near the flowers.
I used my Canon camera Rebel SL1/EOS 100D and a macro lens EF 100mm 1:2.8 with a protective filter attached. I did not use a flash but did use a tripod. I don't particularly enjoy using a tripod because I like the flexibility of moving around a lot but I thought it was necessary in this case seeing as I was using a macro lens and wanted to produce a "sharp" image.
I was very excited about experimenting with my new macro lens and thought that this flower was worth photographing because of it's vibrant red color and I wanted to see what the inside of this flower would look like from a macro perspective. To my surprise, the macro lens produced something so unexpected and brilliant. For example, the bud on the inside of this flower really came to life and was so distinctive looking. I particularly loved the white colored leading lines on the inside of the flower that lead you directly to the bud. In addition, the angle that I chose to take this photo, helped to accentuate the detail of the bud.
I didn't need to do any excessive post-processing except for a little touch up. This flower was so healthy and beautiful that it wasn't necessary to enhance it's beauty.
In my camera bag
I normally carry my Canon camera with two lenses such as a zoom lens 55-250 and macro lens EF 100mm 1:2.8. Because I have developed a passion for taking macro photos, I always carry this lens in my bag now. In addition, I have multiple filters in my bag such as UV, circular polarizing, and 8-point star just in case I want to use them. I also have the instruction manual in my camera bag as well as an additional battery.
Just follow your passion!! I believe that if you determine what you like to photograph the most is half the battle and you will go the extra mile to learn how take the best photo that you can of a certain subject. In the case of taking a macro photo, I found it to be a challenging task but well worth the effort. The field of view is very narrow and difficult to adjust to the first time around. In my opinion, the results are amazing though. A tripod is necessary to prevent camera shake and taking lots of photos from many different angles is a must. My advice is never to delete any photos. I honestly didn't see the real beauty of this flower until I saw it enlarged on the computer screen.

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