Yes, I am. Even though I KNOW my macros come out better when I use the tripod, some days I just want to go outside and SHOOT, and not futz with it. Today was one of those days. And, I'm paying for it by not having the DOF I'd like. Oh well.
These just started blooming on the side of the house. In a couple of days they'll be more open, then I'll drag the tripod out and go for a better picture.
105mm VR macro lens.
Thanks so much for the kind comments about yesterday's pics. Unfortunately, I have no tricks to share, other than that I try and keep my SS above 125 with my 50mm lens (which is the one I was using yesterday), though I will go to 90 if I absolutely have to. I also try to keep my aperture above 2.8, as that seems to be the "sweet spot" for me with that lens.