The Ardennes is a large region situated in the French part of Belgium. During winters in Belgium, it usually snows here, making a trip to the southern part of Belgium worthwhile.
These photos are the first that were shot with my new lens, the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 Macro Lens. The conditions were ideal to take macro photos of ice and frost, it was sunny and very cold. However, I forget to take my tripod with me, so all the following photos were shot handheld. Some shots were even taken at shutter speeds lower than 1/100, while this lens on my Nikon DX body has an equivalent of 157.5mm. Props to Sigma for its more than decent Optical Stabilisation, because at this focal length these are impossible shots without a tripod and mid-low ISO.
Since these are my first shots with the lens, they are not tack sharp. I’m still experimenting with macro photography, as getting the sharpest results with the correct depth-of-field mostly depends on using manual focusing, knowing the f-number and, of course, using a tripod.