I've found my soul mate!

I have met my soul mate and her* name is 50 mm Macro.

I was set-up on a blind date, a suggestion of blogging pal Food Gal.  She thought the two of us might be perfect for each other.

We selected our first date, a meal at my local hangout, Cafe Rouge.

And with the first shot it was love at first click.

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You see for many months, likely a year, I have been a frustrated artist.  As I have become more and more interested in photography I have also become more and more disappointed in the photos I was taking.  What I envisioned on my canvas was never fully achieved.

I am enamored by the detail.  Close-ups. Textures, etc.  I do like the sweeping shots of Paris, etc.  But I love the tiny detail of food, of patterns on a door, the reflection in a window.  Photos I was not able to capture on a regular basis.

I reached out to a few food bloggers and found a common response: “get a 50mm.”  So Mr. Misadventures and I rented a Zeiss 50 mm macro lens for his Canon body and took it to our local cantine.

The result?

If you look at the photo of the chicken above you will see liquid droplets, that is not grease but juice, a detail that I had not been able to capture before!  The photographs depict what I imagine in my head.  These are the types of food pictures that resonate with me. Pictures of food that entice and show detail.

I have found the tool that makes my creative soul sing.  Oh you 50 mm, you complete me.

P.S. I have absolutely no idea I think that this particular item which has completed me is of a feminine nature, but we are going with it……

Comments

  1. I was going to say I’ve been lusting over one of those lenses for quite awhile now, but since you think the lens has feminine qualities, I’ll change it to “I have been wanting to make friends with that particular lens for a long time now.” ;) Thanks for sharing the “before and after” in your picture-taking thought process. I, too, find myself frustrated when it comes to close ups. I never thought about “renting” one. I will have to look into that! Thanks, Andi!

  2. @Nikki, my husband is an avid photographer and therefore has/wants lots of lenses, but since they are so expensive sometimes it makes sense to rent them to try them out to see how they work. I am glad Mr. Misadventures found this because there have been lenses he rented that he actually didn’t like so it would have been a horrible waste of money. You should check it out. My hubby has rented from http://www.LensRentals.com the last several years and they have exceptional service and selection, he is very picky and he has been very pleased with them.

  3. Wow! I just went online and to be able to rent a Zeiss would be awesome!! However, since I’m not a pro would never buy one. And the cost of renting one that I would likely buy (Nikon) makes me think I should just buy one and not waste money on the rental. But wow. Shooting with a Zeiss…. {insert major geeking out here}
    Thanks for all the info!!

  4. @Andi, yes, it is a balance between using the money for renting or using the money toward the purchase of a new lens. But sometimes it is worth it to test out. We had never shot with a Zeiss lens and after renting the 50mm macro (Zeiss) which was dreamy, we are going to buy it, it is definitely the ONE we (okay…I) need.

  5. These pictures are phenomenal! I’m working with a point and shoot that has macro mode and a Nikon DSLR, which I haven’t figured out yet :| I had no idea about the renting – it makes so much sense. Thanks for the tip!

    I’ll be following the adventure!

    Jill at a http://junkyvagabond.blogspot.com

  6. Awesome photos! It’s a combination of the tools and skill – you’ve got both!

  7. ps. so jealous of the macro lens! I have a 50mm but not macro and hubby thinks that if we invest in others it will be a zoom instead (especially good for rock climbing shots).

  8. @Merci Lindsey, but Mr. Misadventures won’t let me have my own until I take a class, so I know what I am doing – seems fair!

  9. @Lindsey, that is the eternal battle of which lenses to have. Mr. Misadventures likes zoom also!

  10. Great! I can’t wait to see all the great pics you get with your new lens!!!

  11. I’m totally crushing on my new camera too! :) Great pics!!!

  12. @AndiP, it’s the simple things in life!

  13. Holy crap–what a difference. Not that your photos were bad before, but these are so vibrant I could eat them.

  14. @Alisa, thanks!

  15. We have a Cannon D 550 and feel the same way. The only thing that’s missing is a filter. “Sunglasses” I like to call it, so you can take the excessive bright out and get the image you see when you wear sunglasses. For instance, a bright yellow field of canola against a grey sky.

    Your foodie pics are great.

  16. @Jennie, Mr. Misadventures has a whole bunch of those filter thingies, now I know what they are for!

  17. Enjoy – she’s a beauty!

  18. @Rebecca, alas she has already been returned until I can afford to purchase her!

  19. I’ve had the same lens for a couple years now, and just you wait–it becomes an addiction. After awhile, you’ll want to start buying the other 50mm lenses (there’s one that costs like $2000!) and then it can really spiral out of control =)

    I never did get one of the pricier 50mm (one day), but we are about to buy our sixth lens for our big road trip. Love having fun gear!

  20. @Kristin, I don’t have to wait for it to become an addiction, Mr. Misadventures already has it! I just need a body and more education and I can use all his ;-)

  21. Oh yay! I’m glad you love the lens. It’s so great for dim restaurants. A true lifesaver. ;)

  22. @Carolyn, can’t wait to try it out in France!

  23. I’m so glad I ran across this blog. I have recently purchased a zoom lens (70-300mm), but have been looking for another non zoom lens and I’m feeling like the 50 mm is the next purchase. Thanks for the info you have provided.

  24. @Lisa, so glad you found it useful!

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