The Ambitious Drifter

Words, Images and The Occasional Noise



Tell us your tried and true techniques for focusing when that deadline looms and you need to get work done. In other words, how do you avoid wasted days and wasted nights?

I’m going to go a bit off-piste here and just concentrate on focus.  I’ve been out and about yesterday and today with my macro ring lense extender. I’m trying to capture the signs of spring.  It’s so lovely here, you can almost see the buds unfurling before your very eyes.  What I’m looking for is quite small.  As it happens, I cant focus on very much at all. My own eyes are not that good, the SLR’s autofocus is literally out of its depth.

The closer you look, the more you see. Even the petals of a tiny flower will curve away out of focus as milimetres become miles. Backgrounds are fine, you can get a good bokeh, as they call it.  However, even the smallest bloom contains an infinity.  I get back home only to be disappointed with the whole crop of pictures. Wasted days? No, not really. I’ve seen real beauty close up.

There’s a moral here. When you need to focus,  just focus on one thing at a time.  If there’s too much and you dont know where to start, take advice from Goethe.  ‘Do that which is closest at hand’.  If there’s a deadline looming, I find that panic is quite effective. eg. putting together a Daily Prompt really quickly to get a good spot on the list 😉

Some fuzzy macros from outside…. oh yeah, they dont stay still either!





A Daily Prompt.

The vine keeps trying to connect itself, year after year, minute by minute. It never stops reaching out.  I keep trying for the perfect photo of it.

It’s close to my house, so, I go back day after day looking for the perfect curl, perfectly lit and in focus.  I haven’t managed it yet! The vine curves out of focus the closer I get. Even a small breeze means that I lose clarity.

Groundhog Day? Maybe, but I wonder what I learn each time.  I’m definitely an amateur in the macro stakes.


Macro Fun

I’ve been trying to extend my range as a photographer, but my budget wont allow me to buy any more lenses just yet. However, I was able to afford a lense extender (Canon EF12 11) that does convert my 35-85mm to a macro lense. I realise I have a lot to learn about macro photography. It takes discipline and science…. and much more attention to background and lighting. I will need to be a lot more patient. The trouble with nature,also, is that it wont keep still!

You can see some really good macro photography here… or search for ‘macro’ on WordPress.

These are some of my early attempts…..

Calligraphy from a grapevine.


Wild grass seeds.


Autumn colours at the start of summer.


A dragonfly that wouldnt keep still.