Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Meadowbrook Pond

After a quick swim yesterday, Bailey and I strolled over to Meadowbrook Pond, the Seattle Public Utilities stormwater retention pond. Expecting to find a desolate puddle of brackish water, I was pleasantly surprised to find a beautiful park, complete with sculptures, native vegetation installations, bridges, and wildlife. 


  1. Do you use a macro lens for all your up-close shots like the dandelion?

  2. Yup, and I love it. It's much more tricky than using a regular lens though; mostly because I'm not using a tripod. If you look really closely, you'll see that they're all so very slightly out of focus. Still working on that part. Practice, practice. :)

  3. So do you carry your macro lens and regular lens w/you when you go on outings? Or can you take normal pics with the macro lens, too? (Thanks for answering all my rookie questions.)

  4. Hmm, so that depends on the outing. I have a 'regular' 35-70ish mm lens that is almost always on the camera. I'd stopped by this park on my bike once before and saw the heron so I brought along the zoom lens (100-300mm)and the macro (for flowers and bugs). Lugging all three around gets pretty heavy though. I need to perhaps get a special bag for 'em because our camera bag is awkward and they're jammed in there.

    As for taking regular pictures with the zoom, it's possible, but not easy. Ours is an 85mm lens (so no range of zoom, at all). I love it for portraits, it's just beautiful; however, you have to stand about 15 feet away from the subject, just to get a person in the frame. So you won't be taking many wide view landscapes with that lens. Some of my favorite pictures have been taken with it though. It's about the size of our 'regular' lens so it's not too bad to lug around. I take all my bee pictures with it, for example.

    Hope that helps!

  5. Oops, that should have read:

    As for taking regular pictures with the MACRO, it's possible, but not easy.