I did round two of flower macros tonight, hoping to apply some of the lessons that I learned yesterday. I think I did. One of these I kinda like, and one of these I really like. I'd love to have honest feedback on both of them.
dSLRs are as good as film cameras now, and the prices are coming way down. I have a point & shoot camera, but I rarely use it-- it goes with me in situations where carrying the SLR just isn't worth it.
If I had to start from scratch right now, I'd probably buy the Digital Rebel XTi. It's the slightly updated version of the camera I have, and all reports are that it's excellent.
You probably want a special macro lens. The one I have, a Sigma 105mm, can be had in the neighborhood of $400 US, but there are others that are less expensive. There's a Canon for around $250 that would probably be perfect for you-- macro is a LOT easier if your subject doesn't move.
My initial reaction to the pink one was about focus, THEN I figured it out. Now, I really want a giant sized one for a wall mural. With the colors muted, it would be awesome. Not sure I can comment on the yellow. The color turns me off, so I'm not a good judge. Then again, I'm annoyingly non-professional about photography. I do aircraft, and that's about it.
I like them both. I like the yellow a little better. I think it's more visually distinctive in the realm of macro flower shots, mostly because of the colors.
For my preference, I'd probably do a bit of a longer field of focus on the pink one. It's a good job getting the little part you want, but I think I'd like some of the downturn in focus as well. The part you got just isn't quite distinctive enough for my tastes. Perhaps I'm going blind.
I feel as if I could magically travel down the center of the yellow flower as the angle captured draws the viewer into it's depths... So I choose it as My favorite due to the blurred details of the magenta blossom!