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View through the Macro lens

Pete > Pete Blog > View through the Macro lens
20/02/2010 - 5:51 PM

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I just wonder if anyone else has the same experience as I do when looking through a macro lens.

I tend to lay down on the floor for much of my macro work, with the camera as close to the ground as possible. It's while I'm in this position and the eye to the viewfinder that I gain a certain pleasing feeling of total enthralment. It's a feeling I don't get when taking a landscape. And I started to analyse why this is.

It could be the comfortable nature of laying down on the job, but I'd like to think not. What I find really enchanting is the view through the lens. As you use a macro at close range the focus is so shallow it gives a totally different view on things that no other lens does. The shallow depth of field means certain parts of the subject become totally isolated from the rest and the precise point of focus can change so easily, so the scene changes totally. I tend to stick the lens in manual focus at maximum extension and glide through my scene by moving the lens fractionally left or right, back or forwards. As you do this you see things that the naked eye cannot.


Taken today while at Hodsock Priory shooting snowdrops. These two lovers appeared in view as I glided through the miniature scene.

Macro is a truly magical view.

Tags: Beauty, Macro, Viewpoint


KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 94532 forum postsKarenFB vcard England166 Constructive Critique Points
20 Feb 2010 - 7:04 PM

As long as no one runs up and starts CPR you're ok! Wink

I adore Macro - I think if ever I did get a 'proper' camera a macro lens would be my very first choice! The tiny details you can see through the lens are absolutely fascinating. There are a few photographers on here that are amazing in this field (no pun intended).

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JJGEE  106585 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
20 Feb 2010 - 8:36 PM

Quote: at maximum extension

Is that the same as 1:1 magnification ?

I done quite a bit of macro last year and found it so difficult to accept the shallow depth of field, even at f32 as I am so used over the last 25+ years to maximum depth of field ( f22, hyperfocal distance etc. )

So my experience, so far is, generall frustration & disappointment.

On the plus side, which gives me encouragement to have another go this year, is the amazing detail / texture / patterns on flower petals & tree bark Smile

sallybea  541 forum posts United Kingdom
2 Jul 2010 - 1:57 PM

Macro is magic! It gives you free entry into a world of little things and these details are sometimes so unexpected. Doing macro photography is like being given a first class ticket to witness the interaction between the creatures and plants in nature. The critters are essentially just like us humans, they either irritate each other or they spend a lot of time making love but they sure make it interesting whilst they go about it We should feel awfully privileged to be their uninvited guests!

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