The Untouched Macro

April 25, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Thursday afternoon I received a brand new Canon 100 2.8 Macro in the mail. It was beautiful and there was nothing I wanted more than to pull it out of the box and go play with it. Well I got halfway there, I took it out of the box and threw it in my bag and drove off to photograph a three day event in Mesquite, Texas. Working from early in the morning to late at night I never got a single chance to take it out of the bag.

Itching to use this awesome new lens I messaged my good friend and mentor Curtis Callaway to suggest we go to the Waco Wetlands to photograph bugs and frogs. Could there be a better way to test a new macro than at the Wetlands after several storms to test a new macro?

I woke up early and grabbed another friend wanting to go to meet Callaway at the wetlands at sunrise, low and behold those wonderful thunderstorms that would have caused the best macro bugs to come out had completely washed out the one road leading out there.

We instead went out to the research facility that I am shooting a documentary over, and even though we didn’t see quite what we were looking for to show off the macro we decided to pull out the big lenses (300 f2.8 for me) and wait for any wildlife that came across our path. We ended up photographing a osprey flying over, nothing much else was out so we ended up shooting mostly promo photos.

The past 250 words serve only one purpose: to explain how after 5 days I still haven't had a purposeful shoot with my brand new lens. I almost feel like I have committed a photographer sin.

But hey least I was able to update my about me photo and get a photo of an osprey. It's not going to win any awards but any morning spent out doing nature photography is a great morning.



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