Why I love macro photography

23 10 2011

This tiny (unidentified bug) is not even 1/8″ long—and with the naked eye, it just looked like a solid dark gray colored gnat. I could barely see it without using my macro lens, and certainly couldn’t see the graphic markings on its back and the milky blue coloration until I opened the raw file in Photoshop. Notice the two curved black arrows outlined in blue on its “shoulders.” To give you a sense of scale, the flower is less than 2″ in diameter. Shooting macro forces me to slow down and notice unexpected details in the tiniest living things. There’s a whole other world out there, folks!

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24 10 2011
Mary Ellen Ryall

The World of Insects may eventually be a boo. You are gaining knowledge in an area that most photographers do not pay attention to when the eye is trained on blossoms. Posted to Twitter.

24 10 2011
Dan Schwartz

Technically, what you are doing is “micro,” not “macro” photography. True macro is when the image is reproduced at a 1:1 size on the film; while the photo of the 1/8″ insect is highly magnified.

Micro-Nikkor lenses are designed to exceed 1:1; though you can simply pull back to the proper distance to get a macro image~

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