Today I was eager to get a shot that had a similar character to one that I took last year, that saw some success after appearing on a double page spread in Digital SLR Photography Magazine.
I used a similar technique, using fill flash to freeze detail while allowing the character of the background elements to come through. The difference this time is that I would be using the Tamron 18-270 PZD instead of a dedicated macro lens.
I used a +3 dioptre to maximise the resolution by using the mid-range of the lens. I wanted a photo that had minimal background clutter with sharp detail where it counted. I think this had been quite successful.
Although vibration compensation isn’t really required when using fill-in flash, it does help to stabilise the view finder, which can aid composition at high magnification.
Nikon D300; Tamron 18-270mm PZD @ 130mm; ISO 800; F/10; 1/250s. VC on