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.
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 🙂
Here are a couple of close ups following on from my ‘looking a bit bare‘ post, which explored the local nature reserve before it bursts into life again in spring.
I deliberately went out in what could have been rainy conditions. The idea being the lure of capturing some water drop images. Just to prove things dont always go as planned:
These two leaves were covered in water drops and looked far more interesting than I managed to capture here. Not only did I fail to get the scene I witnessed, for bonus points I managed to mess up the focus as well. There are no excuses here. I should have taken a few more shots from different angles. Don’t know why I didn’t, it wasn’t like I was pushed for time. So much for working the scene.
Here is a slightly more sucessful image:
Having caught the water drops on the leaf edge I didn’t notice the pointed leaf on the right. When I want to waste of couple of hours editing I will try to clone out the offending article :).
A little bit down the trail I found this fungi:
I am fascinated by the different types and shapes of fungi but haven’t a clue as to any of thier names. Note to self – research types of fungi.
So in terms of photography no award winners on this trip. But it doesn’t matter. I was out with my camera getting some fresh air and enjoying the great outdoors.
A decent picture is just icing on the cake.
PS: Here’s the modified version: