November in New England is probably the worst time to invest in a dedicated macro lens. Yet after two months of owning my Nikon 105mm macro lens, I was finally able to photograph what I wanted to – insects and flowers. It's fun to practice with fruit and household items, but there's nothing like seeing the eyes of a bug staring at you like your equal. Butterfly World is a great place to capture bugs close-up, because they are used to people and let you get very close without flying away.
It was tough getting clear shots for several reasons. One was camera shake because I was not allowed to use the tripod that I brought. The other problem was focus. The camera can't focus the lens at the very close range, so I focused all my shots manually. Also, there is a very narrow depth of field with macro photography. The eyes could be in sharp focus with the body falling into indistinguishable blur. I would try closing the aperture the give a wider depth of field, but then I'd have to slow down the shutter speed to let in sufficient light, but that increased the likelihood of camera shake. The best solution was to shoot from the side, putting as much of the butterfly in the plane of focus. I did get a few good pictures. It was also great to practice with my new lens.