A Little Macro Magic...

Songbird BStarred Page By Songbird B, 8th Jul 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Okay...so the Summer season is here, and you've got your camera out and fancy taking some photos...Let me show you a whole new world when you decide to get down close and personal with Mother Nature...She just might surprise you...

A Little Macro Magic...

When I was a little girl, oh so many, many years ago, I was delighted to be given my very own camera, and this set me on the pathway, to a deep and abiding love of Photography, which has lasted over forty years...
I have previously published an article on my early days in Photography, on Wikinut, and of the many cameras that have passed lovingly through my hands over the years. I am not a professional photographer, I just see a great shot, I take it, it really is that simple...


Over the last few years, I started to look into Macro photography..Close up shots, that have a beauty all of their very own... This article allows me the opportunity to share some more of my very favourite Close-up shots with you...
If you haven't tried Macro photography, why not give it a go? It could prove surprisingly addictive...

Getting Started.

The old days of the film camera is now almost a thing of the past...There are some that still mourn its passing, and nostalgically, I miss that anticipated arrival of receiving pictures back from the photo labs...and eagerly pouring through them as you held the choice of glossy or matt prints in excited hands, and then sadly realising that out of 36 shots, maybe only a few were really worthy of placing in your well thumbed, and much beloved, photo album.
It always struck me as funny how the camera lens didn't always see the way that my eye did in those old days...

Digital photography was and still is, a revelation to me...and I still take delight in downloading them to my PC, and checking through my labour of love...erasing the ones that haven't quite come up to scratch in my opinion, but loving the ones that do.
The most basic digital Point and Shoot, can still produce amazing results.

Macro Setting.

If you have only ever set your Digital camera on Auto, (which most of us do to be honest), getting close up shots could be a huge disappointment, as the Autofocus will struggle to lock, and you end up with very blurred results!
I know that you will hate this next bit, but you just might have to dig out the instruction Camera Guide...or if you're like me, you will just glance at it, get completely confused, and throw in back in the drawer, never to see light of day again! Yep, I am one of those who likes to struggle along, until the penny eventually drops and I find the Macro setting, usually indicated by a Single Flower Icon. If you can see that on your camera, you have hit paydirt, that is your Macro Mode...

Get In Close...

Now, if you are very lucky, some digital cameras will also feature 'SuperMacro'.
This is a really handy setting to have, as it means that you can get in really close. If you have located Macro, it should be just one setting on from there. The icon for this, is usually a magnifying glass over a flower, or a flower with a S next to it...Depending on your camera, some will have this feature, but the most basic point and shoot models may not, as it is a little more advanced.
Then again, you don't have to be in the league of a professional photographer to get a great shot, as the lens does it all for you, but if you do not have this setting, you might be a little restricted as to how close you can go...If all else fails, guess what? It's time to dig out that guide again, and flick through it to see if your particular camera has this extra mode...

Respect The Lens...

Now one of the problems that can occur getting in this close, is not only putting your back out as you try out all sorts of various odd positions to get in closer, it is also the danger of smearing pollen all over your Lens, which will completely confuse that amazing little computer that they have managed to squeeze in to that camera body...(isn't modern technology wonderful?)
It is always handy to have a lint-free lens cloth on you, or a lens brush to remove it, should the worse occur... All Lenses are easily prone to damage, so it is best just to be aware of the problems this can cause. Some cameras have a screw thread on the lens so that you can add on a protective filter, these are much cheaper to replace than the camera, and really worth considering if your camera lens will accept one. There are a vast selection of filters that can produce various effects out there to choose from, but nowadays with Photoshop and various other Photographic art programmes available to download into your PC, it is a little of a rarity, as the Boffins think that all we have to do is use an art programme to achieve the desired results... I have never yet photoshopped a macro picture, as I tend to prefer the original result with no enhancements added, but then again, that's just me...

Multiply Your Chances....

Unless you are in a hurry, why take just one image? Take two or three, change your angle..See where the light and shadows fall, look for the textures... Photographs taken just after a light shower of rain are an added bonus. Just because it is a bit soggy out there, doesn't mean that your camera should stay in its case..You are missing a golden opportunity to catch some cracking shots! Not that I am suggesting standing out there in the monsoon season, with water dripping off the end of your lens, nose and everything else! Even I'm not that dedicated!
If you should take photos in the rain, make sure that your lens is protected.

Capture The Moment...

The trouble with Mother Nature is that she is just so fleeting... We wait forever for our gardens to burst into life, richly colouring our world, and then within a short while, the plants has done their bit and goes back to just being another green stem in among so many.
This is the time when a camera really comes into its own, and you need to get busy snapping whilst Nature is showing off in all her jewelled finery, even if it means wondering around the garden in your Pjs in the early hours, just to catch that perfect elusive shot!
I would not advise doing this in your local neighbours gardens, as it could be a bit awkward to explain this to the Police as they bundle you into their car and take you for a good talking to down at the station...and no, I am not talking from my own experience either!

Canvas Art...And Whatever Tickles Your Fancy..

Nowadays, whatever your level of expertise, with a decent digital camera, the perfect shot can not only be brought to life on your PC, but also as your very own piece of Wall Art! If you look around, you will see that more and more canvases out there are of Macro images. We love to bring the outdoors atmosphere into our Living space, so why not get your Fauna and Flora images printed and put up on the wall? Your very own gallery, taken by your own fair hands...How can it get better than that?
There are so many services on the internet and in your local town, or even Supermarket, that can provide this service...Or pop down to your local Printing shop and get one of your images enlarged...
With today's technological advances, the only limit seems to be your imagination, as your photograph can be placed on almost anything...Mugs, Cushion covers, mouse mat (No, not the rodent kind!), Coasters, Tablemats, Calendars, you name it, and it can bear your photos. How far we have come in such a short time...

Go On...Grab Your Camera....

Well, I hope that my article on Macro Photography might have stimulated, and provided a little inspiration, after all, I am far from an expert, but if I can do it, I know that you can too...

This can open up a whole new world of Photography for you, and you may see a beauty you never even knew was there...so go on, grab your camera...and start snapping...
Dare to be a little more adventurous next time you remove your Lens cover, you just might surprise yourself at the results....



Related Articles by Songbird B.
Watch The Birdie!
Confirmation Of Life (A Poem containing Macro Images)
The Photograph...(Poem)


Related Articles by other Wikinut Members;

Jared D. Macro Photography Tips...
Tom Wiliams. Cherish Your Special Moments With Photos On Canvas Blocks.
Katrina. Photos to Canvas Print..

If You have a love of Photography, please check out Jerry Walch's series of Photographic Guides here on Wikinut...

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Hi there! I am Songbird B, and I am a semi-pro female Jazz vocalist. I have a huge passion for Jazz music, and I love writing Poetry, which I have done all my life. I am very Spiritual in my beliefs, and love Photography, Music and Garden Design....I...(more)

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author avatar Buzz
20th Jul 2011 (#)

Awe inspiring images, my friend! I feel so insignificant and miniscule gawking at them. This is yet another gigantic article of yours, Bev. Thanks magnified 100 times! Congrats on the star page.

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author avatar Songbird B
20th Jul 2011 (#)

Thank you Buzz for popping into my page, and leaving such a wonderful comment, I am blushing my friend, from your praise! Thank you also Mark, for awarding me a Star and in moderating my page for me...\0/x

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author avatar David Reinstein,LCSW
20th Jul 2011 (#)

Muy cool...

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author avatar Retired
20th Jul 2011 (#)

Fantastic photos! great article. Bravo on your much deserve star page. Love, rd

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
20th Jul 2011 (#)

What a great star page, Songbird. All I can say to your fantastic pictures is - WOW!

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author avatar Carol Kinsman
20th Jul 2011 (#)

Wow! That was just awesome, Bev. I am so inspired now. I pulled out my camera to see if I had super macro, but I don't. :( What a wonderful article and so deserving of a Star page. Oh, how I would love to see your garden. I looks fantastic! Thank you, my friend. xo

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author avatar Retired
20th Jul 2011 (#)

Those shots are utterly amazing. I especially liked the drops of water on the bearded Iris. This kind of thing is far more enthralling than mind-numbing TV programmes. Nature rules!

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author avatar Delicia Powers
20th Jul 2011 (#)

Wow, this is just the best, wonderful article and awesome photos, just a joy, a star and then some Songbird, you truly even out did yourself, and I thought that impossible...:0)!!!!!

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author avatar Songbird B
20th Jul 2011 (#)

Thank you David, RD, Steve and Carol, Rask and Delicia, for such great feedback to this article. I have a real passion for photography, and I love sharing it with you all...Your support means so much to me, and I bless you all for posting comments...I am really glad that you enjoyed this..\0/x

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author avatar Neha Dwivedi
20th Jul 2011 (#)

this one of the best articles i have read on photography...thanks for sharing and the pictures were awesome.

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author avatar Songbird B
20th Jul 2011 (#)

Thank you so much, Geeta, that is quite a compliment! bless you for looking in on me..

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author avatar richardpeeej
20th Jul 2011 (#)

I am very impressed with your photos my friend. They are so detailed and very much in focus too. I think I am one of those people you mention who has their camera set to auto. I will try and dig out my manual and if I can't find it then it will probably be on the net somewhere. You have really inspired me to look at my camera again. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge Bev and look out for some better pictures from me in the future....

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author avatar Songbird B
20th Jul 2011 (#)

Hello Rich, my dear friend! I love the thought that I might have inspired you with this article...I will keep watching out for those photos...\0/x

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author avatar Retired
21st Jul 2011 (#)

Be still my my fluttering heart. Your photos are brilliant and beautiful and just the way I like them. I'd like to know, do you use any photo editing software?

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author avatar Retired
21st Jul 2011 (#)

Beautiful photography. One of my favourite forms of nature-flowers.

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author avatar Pink&Blue
21st Jul 2011 (#)

Wow! song bird wonderful article and beautiful pics to compliment it.

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author avatar Phoenix Montoya
21st Jul 2011 (#)

Beautiful work. Love each flower and again how I feel jealous not having cameras that can do this lol... Maybe someday when I'm rich enough :)

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author avatar Nan Joe
21st Jul 2011 (#)

You have touched my soft point. I love photography although I am not a professional. Beautiful images you have put together too. Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar jayababy
21st Jul 2011 (#)

Beautiful and deserve Star page. I too will try this. Thx a lot, Songbird.

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author avatar jak2010
21st Jul 2011 (#)

Goodness grief, those beautiful powers are so majestic. Thank you.

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author avatar jak2010
21st Jul 2011 (#)

I was so overwhlemed by you photos, and mispelled flowers and instead typed powers, well I guess beause they are powerfully beautiful.

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author avatar Songbird B
21st Jul 2011 (#)

Hi Elaine, no I do not use software to enhance my images, these are as they were taken. Thank you Aiyanna, and Crystal. Phoenix, these were done on a £100 Point and Shoot Camera, set on Supermacro, and ordinary macro modes. Modern compacts can do so much nowadays, and my camera is about 4 years old now.
Thank you Nan Joe, nice to see you again, and you too Jayababy and Jak...Thanks for all the enthusiastic feedback, it means so much to me...\0/x

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author avatar Denise O
21st Jul 2011 (#)

How did I miss this page, oh geesh! Just lovely photos hon, I mean spectacular! Great information everyone should use while taking pictures. You are sure a star hon! I mean, these are breathtaking photos! As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Songbird B
21st Jul 2011 (#)

Hi Denise! I am so delighted that you liked this page...I have so many images that it was hard to choose which ones to add, but these are some of my favourites. Thank you so much for looking in on me my friend...x

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author avatar Val Mills
21st Jul 2011 (#)

So beautiful, and such an easy to understand lesson in photography. Now I have to look and find out whether my new point and shoot has a macro setting.

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author avatar Songbird B
21st Jul 2011 (#)

It should have, Val, even if it doesn't have Supermacro..You can still get in quite close to capture your image. Thank you for the lovely comment too..that meant a lot to me...

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author avatar Carol
22nd Jul 2011 (#)

Songbird those pics are beautiful! You are certainly a good photographer!

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author avatar Songbird B
8th Aug 2011 (#)

Thank you so much, Carol, I am so pleased that you enjoyed..Makes it all worth it..

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author avatar MAnature
28th Jul 2011 (#)

Wow, what great photos and information. I found this very interesting. :) Thank you.

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author avatar Songbird B
8th Aug 2011 (#)

Thank you MAnature..Even better if you found this informational too..

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author avatar barbara bethard
5th Aug 2011 (#)

clematis, hens and chicks and oh my the tall bearded iris!! these are my favourites but every picture is stunning!!

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author avatar Songbird B
8th Aug 2011 (#)

Hello Barbara..Thank you for looking in on me my friend.. Am so pleased that you enjoyed..

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
8th Aug 2011 (#)

Hi Songbird,
What an eyeful presentation you've created with your poetic lens!

I love these images.

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author avatar Songbird B
8th Aug 2011 (#)

Ah bless you my friend. I really enjoyed putting this article together...So good to see you again..\0/

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author avatar Humza
8th Aug 2011 (#)

OH MY GOD!!!!!!
Songbird, what have u done here!

first of all I really thank u to let me know ur this article as I am also a fan of photography and I love doing so!
Songbird this was soooooooooo intense that I could barely hold myself from yelling that what has the lady done!!
I wish I would have been there or I would hv seen it before!!!
amazingly beautiful!!!
I mean I am as usual speechless and this time to a greater extent than I am usually!
Songbird songbird songbird, wow!!!
All the pics were so pure as revelations and so inocent and mindblowing that I dont knopw how to tackle this masterpiece now!
Am overflowing with ur praise and the art of ur work and GOD's obviously and the way u have captured it!!
all the pics were perfect especially Delphinium, rosa albertine, rosa iceberg, and bearded iris!
phenomenal!!!
THANX ALOT FOR SHARING AND LEAVING ME THE LINK TO FOLLOW!
One star aint enough at all!

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author avatar Humza
8th Aug 2011 (#)

sorry for taking too much of ur space

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author avatar Songbird B
8th Aug 2011 (#)

Humza, I am so glad you looked in on me,'cos I knew of your love of Macro photography, and promised you that if I did another one I would let you know..So good to see you again, and I sat and chuckled my way through your wondrous praise...You flatter me greatly my dear friend, as all I do is capture the image, my camera does all the hard work...But if it brings this much pleasure, then I am delighted, and can ask no more...Bless you Humza, you rock my boat for me my friend with your kind words..\0/xPs, Loved you taking up my space...hahahaha..

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author avatar Humza
9th Aug 2011 (#)

:D
You deserve flattering songbird!
Though all is what ur camera did, but the thought behind capturing and creating such a piece was yours,isnt it?
So all the praises are for your thought and then for your camera :P
and hats off for keeping up your promise!

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author avatar barbara bethard
9th Aug 2011 (#)

way to go Humza!! I soooo agree!! :)

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