If you are familiar with this blog you know that as much as I love photographing trees I am equally fond of getting as close as I can to flowers. Like nose in, acting like a bee, laying on my stomach, becoming one with the ground, close. I drool over macro images I see in my reader and think…man, I have macro lens envy.
My new camera takes a clean, crisp image but I keep feeling like I am not close enough. When I do get as close as I want everything is out of focus and that is very frustrating. But, when I was having an honest conversation with Leanne Cole on her blog the other day, she pointed out something that maybe should have been obvious to me but actually wasn’t at all.
Most of these macro images that I love are more than likely cropped. What? Really?
Of course they are, why didn’t that register before? I look for a nice crop when I am looking for multiple edits of one image with the One Four Challenges, I guess I just had a mental block about macro images. I always thought they were in their original composition. It is still sinking in that this is not the case.
The trick (I should really say skill) of course, is a completely still hand. When you crop an image tight any flaws or out of focus parts are deeply exaggerated. I shoot handheld almost exclusively, especially with flowers. And many times the image isn’t razor sharp, but once in a while I get lucky.
So, my mind is blown yet again and here in lies a new creative path that I can’t wait to go skipping down. Any macro tips you are willing to share? Please include them in the comments, I would love to hear from you.
**Last week I posted a Flowers on Friday post (inspired by a post from Robyn at Captivate Me) and I think I am going to continue this series indefinitely. So look for it every Friday, I know I am going to look forward to working on these posts each week.