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Some square macros

I thought I would post some square macros. As stated before my definition of macro (traditionally 1:1 or life size) also includes images that are taken close to the subject but not necessarily 1:1.

water drops on blade of grass

There are many variations of water drops on blades of grass or plants. A bit like images of clouds, you could argue that each one is unique, the water, like the clouds are transient and would be difficult if not impossible to capture at a later date.

Here is another one.

Arching leaves like this one pose a challenge to the photographer. In a form over function like dillemma, the point of focus is open to interpretation and consequently will affect the out of focus areas as a result. One way around this would be focus stacking, depending on what you are going for. Personally I’m happy with out of focus areas in my images. Others might focus stack for front to back sharpness.

Insects provide another example of being able to choose what areas you want in focus. The generally  accepted method is to focus on the eye. With macro and the resulting razor thin depth of field a choice has to be made as to at what point things become less sharp. Focus stacking can be handy here if you have an agreeable subject.

Most insects I come across tend to have a time limit on posing for the camera though 🙂

What a difference a few weeks makes

What a dfference a few weeks makes at the local nature reserve. The following images were taken seven weeks apart:

nature reserve on 10 may


natyure reserve on 21 june

The top was taken May 10th, the bottom, June 21st this year. In both cases there is a bridge slightly above centre, In the first image it is clearly visible, In the second you can just about see the top bar.

Both of these photos bring up an interesting point. I regularly revisit places to see how they change through the seasons or with different light.

Natures reserves are a good example because if you go there often enough you get to know when damselflies and dragonflies are about in summer and various birds over winter / spring. You could also include fields or forests for flowers such as wild garlic, daffodils, snowdrops and the more popular lavender and bluebells.

I once met a chap on a nature reserve who was after a picture of a specific dragonfly. He knew what time of year it would be around and where to look on a reserve of acres, to within a few feet. While talking, right on que the dragonfly appeared and flew in its usual ‘pattern’. The guy knew at once. I left him to it so I wasn’t a hindrance. For most of us shooting digital we probably would have sprayed and prayed we got something. This guy was shooting film. Theres dedication.

By returning to a certain area we become more familar with whats going on and a better chance to capture certain images. This could apply to castles and lighthouses as easily to insects or birds.

You could make a project out of photographing the same scene over a period of time. For instance, Coastal, urban or woodland shots could be a great starting place.

You might not be the first person to do this, but you might capture some great images showing how a view changes with time. More importantly you can make it personal with your local beach, town or wood.

I didn’t set out to make a project of the above shots, I just happen to take the images from a similar place. To close, here is a photo I took in March. Just slightly to right of the two above. The bridge is on the left hand side of the frame.

View across nature reserve in March

Unfortunately I never bumped into the dragonfly hunting film photographer again. I hope he got what he wanted 🙂