If you are having trouble with the flash overwhelming your macro shots, cut off the bottom of a Dixie cup and shoot through that. You will be shocked at the effect.
Here are a couple shots of PJ’s favorite train, which is also the most painful thing I have ever stepped on (protip: never walk barefoot in a house with a resident die-cast toy train addict):
These shots were taken in full automatic, handheld. The train’s face is about half an inch in diameter. The numeral 1 is about half an inch in height.