Macro photography is simply the art of taking close-up pictures, of very small objects, often insects and flowers but also jewellery and waterdrops. Our favourite subjects are bugs and insects but particularly bees.
The Striking Places team find macro photography a fascinating field. It allows the photographer to reach into ‘near space’ and record an image with detail that would not normally be seen by the naked eye. This detail enables the beauty of hidden worlds be revealed.
Regardless of equipment, macro photography requires a small lens aperture in order to get the sharpness and depth of field which in turns means you need more light so will need extended exposure. But taking pictures up close requires patience, perseverance!
This can be seen in our imagery of the flower, in which Macro photography takes what would be missed by the naked eye and expands it resulting in a gorgeous image. These techniques can also be used on insects, with the beauty of their delicate wings and tiny scales being blow up to reveal a truly breathtaking creature.
The image of a man’s eye, really close-up and magnified, truly captures the stunning nature of the art. Never has the saying “the eyes are the windows to the soul” ever been so proven than in this image. The delicate blue of the eyes along with the detail shown in the pupil serve to highlight the enigma that is the human eye. Counteracting the youthful eye with the lines around the face creates a wonderful story of life in one simple image.
Interesting Fact No 26: The term photo-macrograph was proposed in 1899 by W. H. Walmsley for close-up images with less than 10 diameters magnification