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Macro – A Different Perspective

Working with macro photography provides a completely different perspective. What is common, and often taken for granted, is seen with new eyes.

It also opens up opportunities to create images using shapes, colours and light to add to the interest.

Depth of Field (the amount of the image in focus) can provide further emphasis on certain details.

I find the more I look the more I notice in this close-up view of our world.

There are some ‘technical’ details at the foot of this post which may be of interest to some readers.


Some ‘technical’ info for those interested:

All images in this post are created ‘hand held’ – no tripod.

Nikon D3 with 105 mm microlens (bought 2nd hand 30 years ago and ill going strong)

ISO: 800 to 1250 – the D3 works well with this and it allows for greater depth of field (very useful for closeups) whilst maintaining the ability to handhold with appropriate shutter speeds.

Shot in Raw (Nikon NEF file) to give, in my opinion, a little more control in the details when post-processing.

Images processed in Lightroom. Mainly to reduce the ‘dust bunnies’ with the ‘spot removal’. A camera now a decade old accumulated quite a bit over the years, despite regular cleaning when they get too much. It is a time-consuming process.

Minor adjustments made to the ‘histogram’ (Highlights, Whites, Shadows and Blacks). Occasionally utilizing the ‘dehaze’ slider.

Exported to Photoshop where final subtle changes are made using ‘curves’ where I feel necessary. The frame then added. A simple frame appears to help the aesthetic, again in my humble opinion.

Exported to a file with dimensions of the image (unframed) at 850 pixels, 72 ppi with pro RGB colour.

Hope that helps!


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