Macro photography in the Backyard

My previous post, Backyard photography” was on photographing subjects in your backyard with the lens that came with the camera

Now if you want to take it to another level and see just what else is in your backyard that may not be so visible to the human eye, then welcome to the world of macro

Macro is close up photography of small to tiny subjects. The end result is a photograph of a subject much larger that it looks in real life

I am using a close up lens which means I am literally a centimetre or two away from the subject (Sigma 24mm f/1.8 EX DG).

An example of this, is of me below getting in real close to a dandelion to extract the definition it has in it’s tiny world (and much more than my eyes are ever going to see!)

My ever present helper of course is ensuring I get the shot just right! 😉

Me taking photos with D man

The image below is the result of the one above, from that angle including a nice sun flare and trees in the background

Fine Art Dandelion wm

A macro lens allows for more light into the camera and a closer magnification such as the little strawberry I was growing below

Water droplets can be an amazing addition once you get down to the tiny level providing scale of size

ripe strawberry small wm

 Delve into the little world of insects, such as this dragonfly sitting on my rocket lettuce on leaf.

Set to a wide aperture to get the focus on the grasshopper

The little dragonfly

 A sepia or black and white colour can set off the definition of your subject and create mood

ladybug sepia wm

And lastly, getting in really really close on a wide aperture to get a lovely softening affect around the edges of your subject

Danelion under sun wm

Let me know any extra tips you might have on macro photography

Next week I will be giving tips on taking HDR (High Dynamic Range) photographs

 

 

 

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Fine Art Photographer at Justine King Photography
I am a Fine Art photographer in Sydney, Australia. I am passionate about using artistic expression in photography to convey a message
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I am a Fine Art photographer in Sydney, Australia. I am passionate about using artistic expression in photography to convey a message

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