I have a desire and possibly a need for a macro lens. Right now, I am using my Canon Rebel 450D with the kit lens - 18-55mm. I am always wanting to go just a titch closer but my lens won't come in any more nor focus that closely, alas.
In order to get shots like the one above, I have to first, take the one below and, then, pray that I did it correctly and will find what I was aiming for, when I zoom. That's how I'm doing it.
It's the same thing with all of these.
This next one has very wonky color but lots of detail in the raindrops.
As you can see, I was, also, struggling with capturing this color. I've read somewhere that green is the hardest color for our eyes to read. I believe it! It was really, really tricky and the post processing is a nightmare. I'm getting them either too saturated, too faded or too glaring on the eyes with no detail.
Another issue that I'm having is, because I'm having to super crop to get the composition that I want, my photos really aren't very tack sharp and they are awfully grainy. I keep practicing, though! I'm gaining a lot of experience with judging DOF, chasing the elusive bokeh, using my tripod, finding tricks in my camera menus (like mirror lock) and working on general camera techniques. I've, been especially working on lighting because I've found that lighting is desperately important and exacting on the macro level.
The lens that I covet? After doing a lot of reading, I am dreaming of the Canon 60mm macro prime lens f2.8 (that Justine recommended =]).
I am, also, appreciating that my next book needs to be, Light: Magic and Science. I had seen it in June, when I first started, but it looked like rocket science to me, then. Now, I get the idea of what it's saying. I'd like to be more in control of what I'm doing, then just trying to make educated guesses.
(And, yes, Sheila! I would love it if you could put in a good word for me to the universe! =])
Any advice, anyone? It's so helpful!!!