Today, I was out in the fields, following my own advice from the previous post: looking for details. After seeing photos by a fellow hobbyist on Picasa Web, I looked for my reversal ring (I tucked it away last year after a bit of playing around) and went out for some "hardcore handhold extreme macros" :-D with the reversal ring and the 35mm (and it just occurred to me that I did the exact same thing last year in March, except I was using the old 28mm and the 50mm then).
The exposure with the actual number 10000 (DSCF0001) was a fail - and I deleted it before I noticed the historic number... duh. Here's exposure number 9999 instead:
Alpine Squill (FinePix S5Pro, 1/100s @ ISO 400; 35mm with Nikon BR2A, f/5.6)
Crouching on the ground, the distance from lens to flower is something like one or two centimeters, the only way to focus is to move the camera forward and backward. The depth of field at these distances is limited to what seems like fractions of millimeters :-D unless you stop the lens down all the way - which turns the viewfinder almost pitch black if you're not in direct sunlight, and results in exposure times that are either impossible to hand hold OR that are too long for a sharp image.
I was struggling with that all the time today: the slightest breeze will make these little flowers wiggle like mad. And of course, that breeze set in the very moment I positioned myself and was just about to release the shutter. :-P
Therefore, the photo here is not really sharp - yes, I know that! ;-) I've got others that are better (IMHO) which I will show in my Picasa Web Album. I decided to show this one because of the shutter's anniversary. Happy 10k, shutter!