It was a Covid-related and acquired taste, macro's. I started out with a macro in my garden and put a small macro-ring on my 16mm. The minimum focal distance is very short on this lens so with ring it became 1mm! For a macro I only had to stick the camera in the face of an insect and I got super sharp images.
After some fun with the macroring I treated myself and bought a Laowa 65mm f2.8. A lens that is light, easy to use and has a ratio of 2:1. Although I hardly knew what that maint when I bought it, I do now.
And with that lens I also became more savy with my software. I'm not a lightroom-user, I have an iPad and use it for my photo's. Great workflow, great and cheap software, Affinity.
I learned to use the lens, the software and I tried focus-stacking. That gave some great results.
And now I'm on a road to abstract macro's. I'm not very far on that road, but I will travel that road further. The abstracts make me really happy. The geometry of mother nature on such a small level is amazing and it challenges my ability as a photographer.
The road to abstract macro was a bit weird, it was a result of covid and lockdowns, I had to learn new techniques and ended op with abstracts that I didn't know I liked. Weird macro's turned out to be fun.
I'm always looking for weird macro's, so if you know one let me know too!