Ansel Adams said: “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” In the world of macro (micro to the Nikonians of the world – same difference), if it is not a bug or a living flower, you make the photo by planning the subject, figuring out the lighting, fighting the focus and the incredibly shallow depth of field, arranging the items, and then doing it again until it looks something like what you had in mind.
My execution varies but each photo has the following in common: tripod, macro (micro) lens (my favorite is a 200mm Nikon micro), the occasional extension tube, lighting (from speed lights to reflectors outside, to ordinary flashlights), and lots of color, texture, and / or frozen movement. Unique to some of the shots is seltzer water (for bubbles), tap water for drops (a baggie of water with a needle hole suspended above a dish of water), long exposure (in dim lighting), a home made light box to give the impression that the subject is floating in the frame, assorted backgrounds bought at Walmart (wrapping paper, placemats, and the like), spray bottle for water drops, windex, a cut flower array, a trip through the kitchen on a rainy day (cheese grater, straws), and a trip to the local hobby store on Saturday (sparkles, crayons, color, color). I am not the first to do macros like these, but as Ansel Adams also said: “Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communication, it offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution. “ I started in macro after spending a day with Bryan Peterson learning about flash and lighting. The following 11 macros (I will call them close ups) are my attempt at perception, interpretation of themes, and lots of patience and execution, inspired by my day with Bryan.
Thanks for visiting my blog. Mark