Macro

I love candids and the journalistic style of photography. When you are out on a photo walk making pictures you sometimes just get what you get. If there's not much happening, then you don't get much. But if you are lucky you can capture some great images. I also love capturing my boys' true emotions while playing, eating, or doing just about anything.

That is the essence of street photography, but photography is also art as the image above suggests, and much of photography is staged. Some examples of staged photographs are wedding ceremonies, studio portraits, landscapes, telling kids to look at the camera and say, "cheese", flowers like the one above, and many other things to name a few. 

The dahlia above was taken with my Lumix GX8 using an 'antique' Nikkor 50mm f/2 manual lens attached to a tripod sitting on the kitchen table. The lens is attached to the camera with a Nikon to micro 4:3 adapter using a Fotodiox reverse ring.

When you turn a lens around it magnifies whatever it's pointed at, and becomes a macro lens. Buying a reverse ring for a few dollars is way cheaper than buying a macro lens, and I can get really close macro images when using it.

Micro 4:3 cameras increase the macro, too. The sensor is half the size of a full frame sensor creating a 2x crop factor, which makes this 50mm lens a 100mm getting me right down into the center of the flower.

The off center framing is what makes this photo. I offset the flower just enough that it draws your eye into the center of it. The outside of the flower has enough bokeh placing the focal point right where you would expect it. If everything were in focus your eye wouldn't be drawn to the center of the flower, and it would take you second to figure it out.

And that right there is the rub. Most photographs on the Internet have a few second lifespan. People just click through quickly looking at them and moving on, so you want to quickly draw the viewer's eye to the subject with proper framing hoping that they stay just a little longer to enjoy your picture.

The below image is how I setup this photograph. My wife recently had a birthday - Happy Birthday! - which is the reason for the flowers. I used the tripod to avoid movement and to aid with focussing. When "zoomed" in this close the slightest movement bounces the subject all over, and it's enough to make you dizzy. 

I set the ISO to the camera's lowest native setting of 200. The aperture was set to f/8, and the shutter was set at 1/10 of a second to give the proper exposure. I snapped the shutter using the timer to avoid motion blur from physically pushing the button. 

I hope you enjoy this one as much as I do.