I have a Canon Rebel with a Sigma 18-200 zoom that will do decent close shots. Recently I bought a set of extension tubes for it. They are 12, 20, and 36mm.
I am having fun trying it out. First time for me to be able to get this close with a camera. Not used to the very narrow depth of field though!
My flower beds are pretty cramped, and I really don't want to try a tripod in there. Has anyone used a monopod with any success? I have a pretty steady hand, but trying to focus on flowers blowing in the wind and hold the camera steady has been a challenge. Seeing the flowers blowing in the lens sort of makes me seasick!
I've been trying to take shots of flowers, but am finding the wind very frustrating! I finally get focus and framing and then the slightest bit of wind and the shot is out of focus as the flower moved. And, since I try to have the lens opened up for a bit more depth of field, it lowers the shutter speed, which makes movement worse.
Can anyone give me any tips or tricks for this? Or, do I have to wait for a day when there is no wind?
Here is an example of the issue I am having. This is a flower on a Red Buckeye - I was focused on the yellow part of the flower, trying to capture the interesting ridges there. Flower was centered in frame. But, it ended up out of focus, and out of center due to wind. It was just windy enough to keep me from getting a good shot.