Tuesday, June 1, 2004
Soft And Beautiful Macro
Take a different approach to creating outstanding close-ups
Maybe out of frustration, I started rotating the camera right and left, and tilting it up and down. Suddenly, another composition caught my eye; it was soft, distorted and not focused. I released the shutter and the game began. Moving the tripod only a few inches, I started looking for the next "fuzzy flower" composition. I spent the rest of the morning moving the tripod a few inches one way and then another, looking through the viewfinder as if looking into a bizarre forest of color.
One technique that can yield interesting results (and at other times poor results) is photographing through foreground objects. I'll choose a portion of a flower as a subject that's partially obscured by other leaves and blossoms. Since the lens is left at a wide aperture, the plant parts between the lens and the subject remain so out of focus that they appear as a translucent frame. This method doesn't always work, attesting that every photographic situation is different. Still, the successes more than make up for the failures.
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