It’s a bit of a challenge to use a macro lens in any setting but the frustration level increases once your outside. I found this out yesterday when shooting icicle pictures for this Sunday’s Macro Seminar. While all the usual focus and metering problems continue to act as possible plagues to any close-up image, they are compounded by cold. Use gloves that have fold-back fingers so you will be much more in control of the focus setting. Also remember to know the close-focus distance for your lens since exceeding it will blur the image. What works for me is to make no big plans when out with the macro lens so I encourage you to also think small.
For more winter photo tips, check out the February edition of Smart Garden on the Chicago Botanic Garden (CBG) website. You never guess who’s featured. www.chicagobotanic.org/plantinfo/smart_gardener_0