Macro photography with the telephoto zoom

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Macro photography with the telephoto zoom

Olivia Michalski has a soft spot for the little things of everyday life. Above all, she loves to immerse flowers and branches into dreamlike Bokeh worlds with the SP 70-200mm F2.8. In the Tamron blog she writes how her pictures are formed.

For a long time, I was unsure whether a telephoto zoom would be worthwhile for my kind of macro photography. For my digital single-lens reflex camera, I already had an affordable telephoto zoom, whose image quality is however not so thrilling. On the contrary: rather noisy. So, would another telephoto zoom be at all right for me? So far, I have always been a fan of fixed focal lengths: 28mm F2.8, 50mm F1.8, 90mm F2.8 ... But then followed the system restart with the Sony Alpha 7R and the fast Tamron SP 70-200mm F2.8.

I was greatly excited even during the purchase! The new telephoto zoom was heavier than my other objectives. But after the first test shots at the zoo on the same day I was thrilled! The images were very crisp. What still makes me absolutely speechless, is this Bokeh, this dreamlike blur in the foreground and background. As a macro photographer one especially watches out for such things, like a beautifully designed background - and I can now do a much better job than before with my macro objective.

Really impressed by the sharpness and the possibilities for the release of objects, I went more often on photo tours since the purchase of the objective. Although it was unusual at first, to constantly photograph with a relatively heavy objective, but you get used to it quickly and learn quickly to work creatively with it.

This photo was one of my first test pictures, which I took with the SP 70-200 mm. Taken with a Sony Alpha 7R, with a focal length of 200mm, 1/100 s, aperture F2.8 and ISO 640.
This picture was taken in the forest. The sun shone onto a small bottle in the background, which I had brought along. Taken again with the Sony Alpha 7R at 200mm, 1/100s, F4.5 and ISO 500.

At first I was always surprised that the exposure times are so short despite the length of the telephoto zoom. The reason for this is of course the high brightness of the objective and the use of high-quality optical glass elements. In normal daylight conditions, I practically never have to use a tripod, which suits my style of photography very well. The handling is therefore eased considerably by the brightness of the objective.

Not such a long time ago, I was in Muttental, a forest in Witten. Here you can learn a lot about the history of mining in the Ruhr region on a mining trail. I was however there because of the flora. The forest has always been a place to relax for me, and there I also wanted to capture some of this relaxed atmosphere with the camera. As the lighting conditions were not perfect on that day, and as we were there at noon, the sun was very hard and cast hard shadows. I have therefore looked for motives especially in shaded places to avoid too high contrasts.

This image was taken in February, when the first daffodils could already be seen in Duisburg. Taken with the Sony Alpha 7R with a focal length of 200 mm, 1/1000s, F2.8 and ISO 800.

During the forest walk, I managed another image of which I am particularly proud. It was on the edge of the forest. We were already on the way back, and I almost wanted to pack the camera. Originally, I was looking for liverworts, but I did not find any. In the light of the sun, I then found in this flower among the leaves, which enjoyed the heat all on its own. Hardly any reworking was necessary. I only darkened the right area somewhat, and this great image was done!

In closing I can say: I am impressed by the quality and the imaging performance of the Tamron SP 70-200 mm F2.8. For me it's an absolute dream purchase!

For the shot of this little yellow flower I have chosen a very low camera position, as with many of my images. In this way, I can blur leaves or branches in the foreground in a beautiful blur. The telephoto focal length and the wide aperture allow a very short depth of field. Taken at 200mm, 1/800 s, F2.8 and ISO 500.

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