Backbreaking Photo-hobby

July 11, 2008 at 11:15 p07 (Hobby) ()

Macro photography (MP) is really a hobby for the sadists. Who in their right frame of mind, beside an insect biologist, would go around looking for tiny insects, and upon finding one, crouching for hours straining both eyes and backs trying to get that perfect shot.

Ok, flowers can be macro photography subject too but the challenge is always to catch a good shot of that never stand still butterfly. Maybe MP is also for the egoist because i don’t know whats wrong with taking a stationary flower. At least it is bigger and would not fly away when you try to get near.

After trying two sessions on my own without result, finally consulted a sifu (master) in macro photography, and the massage auntie at my neighbourhood tui na joint for my sore back. The massage auntie told me not to go after the bees and wild flowers but my MP sifu is more philosophical.

“Let not chase after the fleeting but should wait for the right opportunity. Secure your base, and the tired and beautiful will come!” What sifu was trying to say was one should just find the right flower and wait for the insects to come. Reasonable but then this sound a lot like fishing. The only difference is nobody gets hurt!!

Below are my homeworks for the first session with my sifu.

Nice or not?



  1. Chen said,

    Nice. Up to date I still haven’t take any shots of bugs or insects except the sago worm πŸ˜›

    4f: these are my course work. still havent got the time to shoot some real bugs!!

  2. Chen said,

    oh yeah.. i forgotten about the leaf insect πŸ™‚

    4f: must trawl your website …..

  3. Maverick SM said,

    Wahai, you now expert in photography ah!!!

    4f: marvie, still learning lah…

  4. me said,

    nice. very nice.

    4f: thank you. hehehe… still waiting for you to post some photo from your sony dslr

  5. mistipurple said,

    neh, you’ve got your fly. like wearing a crown hor?

    4f: aidoh! whats up dude?

  6. Leonard said,

    not bad..very nice indeed..

    so where’s the butt crack photos?

    4f: give me your email, will email you the butt crack photo :-p

  7. Mockingbird said,

    Lovely πŸ™‚ i wish i have such photographic equipment too to capture such shots. Used to use a tripod and close-up lens to shoot such stuff. But i didn’t shoot insects and flowers though. i shot my toys in my room. Ha, ha, ha…! πŸ˜€

    4f: dslr system prices had dropped tremendously. a new nikon d40 is selling for $680 only. now it is a good time to get a system

  8. THB said,


    4f: thank you!!

  9. mistipurple said,

    whose butt crack you have?
    pak cham kai’s ah?

    4f: aiyoh, wat pak cham kai?

  10. Mockingbird said,

    Tons of close-up photo opportunities at the upcoming Singapore Garden Festival at Suntec City from 25 July 2008 to 1 August 2008.

    4f: i am going!! but the place is not crowed!!

  11. mistipurple said,

    new post new post!! hehe. πŸ˜›

    post liao, you asked for it!!

  12. zeroimpact said,

    New toy!!!
    Well do you use macro lenses?
    It’s really back breaking looking, chasing or waiting for those small little brats

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