Hi abwal ... May I ask what kind of camera you have? I can appreciate that such things will not be on peoples priority list due to the extreme prices. Often if I just want 10 Bucks, I will be at my wife's feet grovelling for such things. LOL.
I had to go out and put up with some unsavoury experiences to get my camera. Alas ... I did my best with prior research and knew what I wanted in the cheapest range I could afford ...
The lens I actually favour is not a macro one at all. During my research, I found that many people where have good results adapting old film lens's which they purchased for One Tenth the price of what others would suggest as the correct tool for such shooting. I paid a hefty 100 dollars (for an 135mm old film lens and canon T ring converter) which I very much had to account for ... however with a few adaptions and some more learning ... Every now and then I get a thousand dollar result (not always ... but sometimes) I also use extension tubes which I got for about 30 dollars ... also of eBay.
The other tool I had to learn to use what software ... which I found and downloaded myself as I refuse to pay ridiculous amounts of money for a bunch of zeros.
This morning I used a Compact Camera that my wife picked up out of the Bergin Bin at some overpriced electrical store call Harvey Norman ...
Using some of my experience and a little processing in that wonderful software I just happened to find on the internet ... these are the results ... Note to self ... taken in the shade with the sun only just making its way up.
My Bargin Bin shots with a flimsy shoot and go ... Hand Held and in mostly in the shade.This is the worst ... but I will endeavor to take one, on a tripod, when not so windy and in ample of light next time around:
Shows the possibilities with background blur and refracted light. Subject collecting what light it can as well as depicting a what's left of the bud.
Another on Collecting the morning light:
Retaining Color, being sure not to over saturate but keeping details ...
Lastly ... the better of the bunch ... looking more like a trip pod shot I am very happy with such a result ... I did use what settings most poeple ignore on thier compact shoot and goes ... the ISO one ... enable DISP and presto ... not bad for a bargain Bin Job