Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Close Ups or Macros

Close Up and Personal

I don’t have a macro lens for my camera. Now that I’m starting to take more pictures of flowers and plants and small things around the house I’d really like to get one.

It’s funny how your needs change. When I was young I took photos of trains and racing cars and wanted the longest lens I could get my hands on. Later on I was mainly taking pictures of buildings and landscapes and wanted the widest lens I could afford. Now I’m doing tiny things and a macro would be nice but in the meantime I’ll go with what I have.


As always when I’m short of photographic subjects my dolls come to the rescue. Here are some vintage dolls. I have cropped these a bit so the backgrounds would not be distracting.

Finally, one I prepared earlier.

Gemstones Black and White with orange filter


I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


  1. If you don’t want to photograph bugs or insects but mostly flowers, a short macro will do the trick I think. My 40mm macro is a bit too short for my taste but it’s cool for inside macro shots of tiny things. For outside, I’d probably enjoy a 60mm more, I don’t know. Any focal length above that would be even cooler but more expensive, harder to use, and I’ve never been able to justify purchasing a 100mm as I don’t do macro often enough.

    I know what you mean with change. Sometimes you want to discover new things. At the moment I’d like to put my eyes on a wide-angle lens, something like a 10-20mm or so as I am a bit bored with what I usually do. But I couldn’t justify the purchase yet either because it might just be a mood. But I am subscribed to used ones on Ebay because, with the right deal, I might consider it.

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