Tuesday, April 8, 2008
The flowers that bloom so profusely in the Spring give you a chance to create otherworldly images of color and shape. It's photography that's beyond the ordinary.
In addition to my 50mm lens, I use macro lenses like the Nikkor 60mm ƒ/2.8, 105mm ƒ/2.8 and 200mm ƒ/4. I use these lenses with combinations of close-up diopters and extension tubes. This gives more softness to the image than when using a macro lens alone.
Since macro lenses contain extension within themselves, magnification is enhanced with the addition of these other pieces of equipment. I often use one of these lenses with several diopters and extension tubes to achieve a total abstraction. That way, the viewer can no longer see the reality of the subject. It’s literally transformed into something resembling a modern abstract painting you’d see in an art museum.
Inspiration for my own art has come from many artists, like Georgia O’Keeffe, Monet and, especially, my mentor and friend, photographer Mary Ellen Schultz. Always a positive person, he’d instill in me the desire to always try something new, which I encourage you to do as well.
With the options I’ve discussed to get you started, it’s time to begin your own journey. Let curiosity reign supreme, and take a moment to escape into a world of unfamiliar imagery, which actually has been there right before your eyes all the time. You just need the tools to see it and the freedom of your imagination to pursue it. And don’t forget to “Focus with your toes!”
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