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Top Autumn Macro Photography Subjects

Here are some top macro photography subjects for you to have a go at shooting this autumn.

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Top Autumn Macro Photography Subjects: conkers

Autumn is a great time of year to have a go at some macro photography. 

Nikon's AF-S 105mm f/2.8G ED IF VR Micro lens will be ideal for this type of photography, as it features a close focusing distance of 31cm, giving you a decent amount of working distance. There are some top ideas for macro photography subjects in Autumn:

Autumn leaves

Leaves provide a great source for macro photography as they have lots of intricate details including veins and textures. When photographed on a light box or other backlit surface, their lattice patterns will shine through, making for an interesting macro shot.Skeletal leaves can also make a more delicate photograph, if you are lucky enough to come across an intact one.   


Fungi is a great macro photography source, although getting good shots may involve getting a little muddy! You'll need to kneel down or at least squat to get up close to most types of mushroom, which grow at this time of year on the forest floor or even sometimes in your garden on the lawn as the damp weather of the season sets in. Fungi can come in lots of interesting colours and have unique growing patterns, making them a varied and enticing macro subject. 


At this time of year you can start to see the first frosts appearing. Frost, on a wide variety of subjects, can add sparkle and interest to an otherwise mundane object. Fence posts, wire fences, leaves and even cars come to mind. You'll have to get up early to make the most of the frost, which will begin to melt pretty quickly on a sunny day. Spider's webs are another good source for frost photography, making them more visible all over your garden, providing some great shot opportunities closer to home. 


Conkers are a symbol that Autumn is well and truly here so whether they're on a still life set, on the ground where they fell or still on the tree, they can be great for some close up shots. Conkers often have lines and growth patterns on their glossy coats, which are great for adding detail into the shot. 

Ice patterns

Ice can make a good shot at a variety of focal lengths, but at a macro level the bubbles and patterns formed as ice freezes can make for great abstract photos. You shouldn't need to look very far for some sort of ice, and you can even put a metal dish or bowl full of water out to create your own mini ice source. 


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