June 10, 2007

More Macro & Micro

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It has been a long time since something photographic has both engaged me, and frustrated me - but macro photography has provided both. I have been spending more and more time on my knees (or lower) pushing my understanding of the process, and working out my own preferences and vision.
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The greatest question in macro photography is how to approach depth of field; in a basic sense, there are two options, more in focus, or less; whenever I can, I have been making images at both extremes, hoping to learn which I prefer. Almost all the time, I find myself gravitating to those images with shallow depth of field (as in the above two), but I find the question of where to focus so crucial when the depth of field is this shallow so important (and frustrating) that  I keep making the alternative just in case, once in a blue moon, I find a subject that better suits deep depth of field.
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I'm continually experimenting with more and more magnification; the above image of forget-me-nots combined a macro lens and several extension tubes, to move the lens into a micro lens...creating a larger magnification that life-size on the camera's sensor.

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