Where photography is concerned there are so many genres to choose from and I don’t limit myself to just one or two. I have to admit though that macro photography is one of my favourites and I try to dig out my 180mm 3.5 as often as I can. There’s something special about the world of super-close imagery and how usually boring every-day items can become interesting and quirky. The above image was shot for an Open University photography course that I did a couple of years ago. I got the shot simply by piling up some old watch parts on a circular mirror about the size of a cup coaster and placing it on a windowsill bathed in lots of natural light. This image has even made it to the bedroom wall as I had it made into a canvas, I’m proud of that one!
This next one was equally as easy to set up. A couple of strawberries, some natural light and a 00 gauge workman made for miniature train set layouts and you’re good to go. The possibilities are endless and you can really let your imagination run wild to get some awesome and really creative results. I created a similar image using a digging man and some coffee granules.
Here is another of my favourites using a peacock feather (obviously!) I love how macro allows you to see ordinary items in much more detail and makes them look totally different. Macro work is really good for creating abstract images too, you just need to look around you for ideas.
This last one is a bowl of bubbles. Again, easy to do. A splash of washing up liquid added to water, blow into the water through a straw and hey presto, bubbles galore! This one was a little bit trickier and I had to keep changing the focus as bubbles were constantly bursting.
I’m by no means a pro at this and there are far more skilled ways of using macro photography. Such as, taking many images and stacking them on top of each other using specialist computer software. I do this for fun (and it is fun!) give it a go if you can and see what you can come up with!
All images are owned by myself.