Thursday, February 12, 2009

Zooming in on the Little Things

Zooming in on the Little Things

a pepper grinder with black peppercorns

As I have often mentioned in my posts, macro photography is one of my favorite ways of capturing images.

It opens up a whole new way of looking at things - and sometimes what you discover is exciting too.

There are times when I am processing the photos in photoshop and things will magically show up that I didn't see originally. Sometimes this is a good thing, sometimes not.

The textures of simple things that we do not normally notice can be quite surprising, and many things become abstract when they are zoomed in on.

I really admire the photographers who capture nature's macros - the tiny bugs and intricate flowers.

I know that when working with such a narrow depth of field, it is very difficult to get a perfect focus, and if the insect moves or a minute wind blows the flower, the focus is gone.

Most of the macros in my portfolio are of objects. Some of the first macro shots I did many years ago were of some miniature dollhouse furniture pieces that my sister had in her dollhouse.

Some of them were so intricate and I was quite taken with the little potted plants and flowers. I wanted to capture these little beauties in their tiny settings.

I didn't realize at the time that the lens I had didn't have very good macro capabilities, and I was disappointed with the results I got.

Years later, when I do have the correct lens to do the job, all those little pieces are no longer around.

My eyes are always open though - searching for all the macros in our daily lives.

If the light is right, and if the family isn't in too much of a hurry, I will grab a shot of that ordinary object - macros are hiding everywhere!


  1. Oh hey! I love macros too! Still in the learning process of course. It really takes a lot of my patience..with the insects of course! lol.. :)

  2. Great shot Kathy, macro is one field I still want to get into, I love micro with the microscope, but I have really have to get a proper lens for my camera, it opens up a whole new world.

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  4. Kathy you are so right there is so much around us and sometimes when we look at the image we find things. I love macro stuff too. There isn't a single bug that I did not take photo of in my house, and then I let them go to find other house, lol. Kidding aside, I had in the plans for macro lens - may be next year, lol. Excellent photo as always Kathy. Anna :)

  5. Fantastic shot Kathy! I too can't wait to move into this world of macro. But, first I have to master this new monster lens I just got.

    Happy weekend!!:-)

  6. Kathy, how well I relate to this! I keep trying to find a way to get adequate DOF while shooting at macro range.

    Wish I could see that dollhouse furniture!

    It's funny how looking at things in a different scale (either larger or smaller) from the everyday scale, can stimulate our seeing and imaginations!

    Your photo makes a nice abstract.

    Yes, the family being in a rush is a big factor in what we can take with us from a setting. :(

  7. you have such a wonderful talent!

  8. I am with you 100% on macro photography. It's tricky, but very satisfying -- and yes, you never know what you might find once you enlarge a macro shot!



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