About five years ago I really got into photography. I've always enjoyed it, but never really knew how to take a good picture. Once I started reading about the basics of photography and how to use my camera, I was hooked. There are so many genres to get into, and every single one of them has it's own creative curve. Early on, I became fascinated with macro photography. I love detailed pictures; whether it's eyelashes and freckles in portrait photography, or antennas and petals in macro photography. I can't get enough of it. My dad knew that I loved this style, but probably wouldn't buy myself the lens. So, last Christmas, he gifted me the most awesomest macro lens, and I've been itching to get it out.
This is the inside of a geranium. Isn't it so cool?
Macro is a hobby for most. In a photographers world, it's not something your everyday photog is going to be able to make a living doing. The gear is expensive, clientele is small, and it's hard work. Like, really hard. To get a really crisp shot, you almost always have to use a tripod..and who wants to carry that around all the time? Your shots have to be calculated. Your background can't be too busy, and if you want a picture of a bug...you have to have patience, but when the moment is right you have to be quick, but you can't be too quick or you'll end up with camera shake, and a blurry picture. See? That should be enough to make anyone run the other way.
Then, every once in a while, you surprise yourself with some awesome shots, and all the sweat, dirt and patience paid off.