Thursday, November 10, 2011

Sometimes it's the little things that count


Often we go out in search of wildlife or grand landscapes, but fail to see the smaller picture. That's right the SMALLER picture. My recommended equipment is some sort of macro lens. This means it allows you to get as close as 1:1 (actual size.) Macro functions on some lenses let you get close, but not 1:1. Don't feel discouraged though you can still get great shots in a pinch. As for point and shoot people. Have you ever wondered what that flower icon was for? It's the symbol for macro mode. It allows your point and shoot lens to focus closer than usual. Just remember to undo the setting when you go back to your regular photography!

The image above was one of a series of images to get the right shot. It was a moist, overcast, drizzly afternoon and it was perfect for fungi and flora! No bright sun and perfect drops of water.

The great part is that the forest at Minnewaska State Park is very mature and makes for great shadows with all its cover.

The Ailanthus web-worm moth. This was taken hand held and I tell you was not easy. The light was less than ideal and the angle was a b*tch! To put it lightly. Nothing like kneeling and breaking your back to get a shot as students touch other parts of the shrub shaking your subject ;-)

These last two images are some of my favorites. These critters are called milkweed bugs. They are mostly immature, but very similar looking as they grow to maturity from this stage.

These milkweed bug images are great examples of what shallow depth of field can really do for an image. Particularly by isolating all the elements of an image that do not contribute to your message. This last image is true to the letter with that sentence. 

Two last things I would note when doing macro photography is if it is windy give up (subject shake increase with decreasing proximity of you to your subject) and a tripod is your best bet if you have one (although I break the rules now and then too.)

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