Long ago, when a macro lens was still just a dream, I read that a macro lens works very well for portraits. I was getting sick of doing close ups of stuff around the house so we took outside. I did do some close ups that I’ll share another day (love me some daylight!) but I also tried some portraits and plain scenery stuff. My lens is 100mm so it has telephoto properties. For portraits, that means I have to back up quite a bit. My kids haven’t been great at letting me take pictures of them lately so being further away allows me to catch a much more natural expression.
I found that even with a wide aperture, the lens gave me pretty good sharpness on the face while blurring the background beautifully.
I’m counting this squirrel as a portrait. I had to crop it a lot because I didn’t want to scare it away and I was just a bit too far.
I’m actually really happy with how these turned out! I’m looking forward to doing more.