Captures of the Week (so far) : (28/08/19)

Not much to say in this blog post. I went through a spell of not being in the mood to make pictures, which meant that now I’m photographing again, I had to catch up with my – nearly finished – 365 project. This involved going round the flat, trying to make interesting macro photos with my ring-flash! Here follows a selection of the good ones, along with a couple of others.

Noze, up close
Curve
Little Hole
Spout
More Holes
Thingambob. Taken with a Lensbaby Composer and Edge 35 Optic
A spider eating it’s dinner. Tamron 90mm + Raynox 250.

Creepy and Crawly

Macro photo of a spider

Sometimes the mood takes me and I break out the macro lense, extension tubes and ring flash to hunt for insects hiding around the flat. Living and dead, I’m fascinated by all the tiny details revealed.

Another macro photo of a spider.

Getting this close brings it’s own problems, especially if you’re hand holding the camera. While using a tripod would make it easier to get the focus where you want it, for me it’s very restricting in the fluidity of exploring an object.

A macro photo of the remains of a fly.

The dead insects etc. are interesting in their own way. Details of their decay that would normally go unnoticed, are brought to the fore.

Sometimes, missing the shot – for whatever reason – can be serendipitous, giving a creepy image like the one above.

Up Close

An abstract, black and white, macro photograph of some strips of staples.

There’s a reason why I called this blog “Up Close And Personal”. I love macro (close up) photography. I enjoy finding objects and exploring them, looking for interesting composition.

A macro photograph of a spider.

Back to the start again for a moment. I was agoraphobic for 7 1/2 years. During this time, I quickly ran out of subjects for my growing love of photography. So, getting closer and closer was one of the few options available to me.

A macro photograph of some pins.

Through this state of affairs, I’ve found macro photography, and the general practice of viewing small things up close, very enjoyable. Whether it be insects, flowers, strange industrial looking objects or other natural wonders, I like photographing them. I’m also a fan of abstraction, creating strange macro landscapes that make you scratch your head, trying to figure it out.

A macro photograph of a ring-pull.

I hand hold the camera for most of my macro subjects, as I find it makes it easier to explore an object. This does however mean that I make a lot of “bad” photos, where the focus is off. It’s a process with lots of serendipity and one I enjoy.

A macro photograph of a daisy.