Macro Construction

May 27, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Leaf Macro 0005-Edit

As I continue to explore the capabilities of my new Olympus OMD camera and the 12-50mm lens, I did a macro shot yesterday. The lens has a macro mode locking the focal length at 43mm. The shot was made at 1 sec., f11 on a tripod. The composition was suggested by the work of Mike Moats, a pro photographer concentrating exclusively on macro work. Mike is a favorite of mine for 3 reasons. First, he produces wonderful fine art macro images. Secondly, he shoots with consumer level equipment to emphasize that anyone can make the images that he does. Finally, although Mike does do paid workshops he also freely shares his knowledge and techniques online. One of the approaches I have learned from MIke is to not be constrained by just shooting objects as you find them. Even natural subjects, such as leaves, can benefit from arranging them in a different configuration. I liked the teeth on these leaves (American Elm) and the strong contrast in color shade between top and bottom. Finally all macro shooters quickly learn to shoot after a rain shower or to add drops of water.


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