Close-up: Welcome to the World of Macro
One of the greatest powers of photography is its ability to show us the world around us in ways we aren't normally able to see it. Wide angle lenses create a sense of place by taking in more at a time than we normally see. Telephoto lenses also have a power by reaching out and extracting a small slice of a distant subject. Perhaps no other area of nature photography shows us things that normally go unnoticed though than does the world of macro.
Macro photography gives us the chance to take a look at things more closely than we can or often do normally. It opens up a whole new world of subject matter that may be literally right in front of us but not normally grasped or appreciated by our senses. Tiny flowers and insects, the texture and pattern of mineral crystals and sea shells and so on can provide endless opportunities to create compelling images no matter where you may be. There are plenty of close-up and macro subjects no matter where you are. Due to the size of the subjects in this realm, there exists any number of them right in your own back yard. Sit down on the grass sometime and get comfortable. There's no telling what you may find.
Some people find themselves drawn to this tiny world, while others only venture there when the weather doesn't cooperate with other plans or they experience a creative block with what they usually shoot. Some turn to macro subjects as a challenge to be conquered while others go there simply for the fun of it. Over the coming weeks I'll be covering some of the techniques and challenges that come with the territory of macro photography. Hopefully this will be of use to you no matter what your motivation is for exploring the world of macro with your camera.