I did a short session of macro photography at Belmont with my smartphone and the clip-on lens in early May before one of the elementary school field trip students arrived. I already had some ideas of what I wanted to photograph from some previous field trips with student BioBiltzers. My first stop was the shelf-fungus growing just below eye level on a large sycamore.
I got as close as I could focus with just the smartphone:
Then clipped on the macro lens to take a closer look at the cracks and edges of the fungus.
Dandelion seed globes are always a favorite subject. I was careful to not touch it and cause the seeds to scatter before I could get the picture!
The tiny sycamore leaves have a lot of color – I took a picture with the phone alone…and then the macro lens.
The sweet gum is beginning to form gum balls. The balls are small and green currently; they enlarge as the seeds form.
I took pictures with the macro lens of the female flowers (becoming gum balls) and the male flowers that had already fallen from the tree. Both are hard to photograph with the macro lens because they have depth…and the focal plain is shallow.
Overall – it was a very productive 10 minutes of macro photography!