Curiosity takes me to a macro view
I’m taking a nature and close up photography class as part of the Photography Certificate at SAIT and spent ten hours last weekend taking pictures of all things small. I learned a lot after looking at my pictures on a bigger screen and it got me thinking about how macro photography parallels how I look at everyday events. Our final assignment is fifteen pictures, each with a different theme (don’t worry, I don’t have all fifteen here!).
This picture is shot with back light and reminds me to watch how I project myself on the world. You never know when your inner witch will show up!
I also learned that some people shouldn’t sign up for a nature and close up class if they don’t like nature! The second day we were in an area that was more grass than flowers and apparently people found nothing to photograph. Too bad!
Ever been in a situation where you are too close to an issue or too focused on one area of a situation? I thought I was photographing bubbles, only to get home and realize that a beautiful caterpillar was also in the scene. I need to stop and look at the whole picture before forming an opinion of what is going on.
This next photo is along the same vein. When taking pictures up close, far less is in focus. Depending on the type of look I am trying to achieve, blurriness can be interesting. After the first day, I learned that I sometimes have to step back to get more of the details in focus. However, the nebulous parts of the picture are no less important as they can add interesting patterns or light.
And finally, although my camera bag can become a little heavy to carry for five hours, I appreciated being prepared for anything by having my telephoto lens. As I was busy getting close to the grass, one of my classmates called me over to point out a Northern Flicker nest up in a tree. Natural patterns is one of the themes, so I may submit this photo. Enjoy your Sunday!!