Category Archives: Close-up/Macro

Readers Photo Challenge: Small wonders

In the latest Readers Photo Challenge, entrants were asked to forsake visions of grand vistas and to think small. “Closeups” was the assignment and readers abandoned the normal sized world for one that embraces the minuscule. The found whole new worlds, most not farther than their own homes. 177 photos were sent in by twenty-nine […]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: Coming into bloom

The coming of spring brings with it the blossoming of flowers which is the latest subject of the Readers Photo Challenge. Remember, this is a photography challenge, not just a one about flowers. Just because a flower is pretty, it doesn’t mean that it will automatically make a good picture. How you approach your subject […]

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Readers Photo Challenge: It’s a small world

This month’s readers Photo Challenge assignment was “Close-ups.” There are things that we often overlook living in the regular-sized world. The best of macro/close-up photography looks at the hidden world of the miniature and elevates the details and textures for all to see. Fifteen readers sent in 83 photos. Here are some of the best […]

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The devil is in the details

When I was a young photo student my instructors told me that there were always pictures within pictures. They would show a student’s photo of an overall scene as an example and then, using their hands, crop into a tighter portion to show how the student missed the show by not getting close enough. Many […]

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Sweating the small stuff

The latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment of macro/close-up photos required people entering the challenge had to forgo envisioning pictures of grand vistas and think small. The subjects of close-ups are often virtually underfoot and may be ordinarily missed or go unnoticed. One has to forget about the overall and concentrate on the details or in […]

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It’s a small world

Some genres of photography such as landscapes or architectural photography deal with subjects on a grand scale but for this month’s Readers Photography Challenge assignment you’re going to have to think small, really small. The delicateness of spider’s web, the tenuousness of a raindrop clinging precariously to a leaf or the elegant curve of a […]

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Spring, up close and personal

One person’s trash is another person’s treasure, the saying goes. In that same vein, what one would think of as a weed could be considered a wildflower by others. When you travel into the rural parts of the city and county, wild plants can be seen alongside the roads and freeways as well as orchard […]

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LIke many people, my family and I color eggs for Easter every year but this year we did things a little differently. (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 48mm. Exposure: 1/60th sec. @ f/6.3 w/Nikon SB800 flashes. ISO: 200) First, we started with brown eggs instead of the traditional white ones. We heard that […]

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Let’s get small

The art of macro photography is the art of seeing the unseen. It is the visual exploration of a world on a scale so small that most of us pass by it daily. You can find exotic, almost alien landscapes and subjects that can be no farther away than your backyard of even your pocket. […]

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Holy macro!

A bee lands on a sunflower under partly cloudy skies along Highway 4 near Woodsbro Road in San Joaquin County just east of Stockton. Shot with a Nikon D2x and a 16-35mm wide-angle zoom lens. Exposure: f/16 @ 1/250th of a second with fill flash. “I am big. It’s the pictures that got small” – […]

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