This image of quartz and seaweed is in the littoral zone of the southern coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia. This is where I now live, and the coast is a part of my dally walks in all kinds of weather. I always take a camera with me on these walks.
The image is a handheld macro photo made whilst I was on an early morning poodlewalk with Kayla. The picture was made just before I went on the Wentworth photocamp for the Mallee Routes project, and it was before the autumn rains came and the weather turned cold.
Most of the subject matter along this coast is in the detail rather the broad or panoramic landscape or seascape views. From what I can see the latter is what most of the photographers visiting the coast tend to concentrate on. I had been frustrated in the past because I didn't have equipment to do this kind of close-up work whilst on the daily walks. I had a tripod and a medium format film camera and it was cumbersome to carry, and difficult to use. So much of the detail is situated in difficult spots that make the use of a tripod impractical. So I used the iPhone.
The gear I currently use for this kind of macro work is a Sony NEX-7 (circa 2010) with its APS-C sensor, a Voigtlander close up adaptor, and an old Leica 35mm M lens (1970s) from my old Leica M4. Only the Voigtlander adaptor is new. Though it was expensive it enables me to combine an old digital mirrorless camera with an old Leica film lens. This allows me to photograph hand held more often in low situations than I could with a 35mm film camera.
I am happy with the results from the mix and match of old equipment that I am now using for this kind of macro photography. It works for me.
When the Sony NEX-7 camera body stops working in another couple of years I can replace the mirrorless digital body with a more modern second hand mirrorless digital camera body --say a Sony A7111. -This would give me even more flexibility to photograph in low light situations.