One reason why I love macro photography is that can create an image very different than the everyday eye sees. From flower stamen to iridescent bug eyes. Macro photography makes the ordinary, extraordinary. This month Gardening Gone Wild is hosting a photo contest that encourages us to look closer at lighting in our macro or close up pictures. The judge is Alan Detrick, the author and photographer of Macro Photography for Gardeners and Nature Lovers. I'm excited to keep experimenting with light (and lack of light) in my macro photos!
I'm going to enter the above rhododendron in the contest this month. This was taken on a sunny day late in the afternoon - so the sun was behind the flowers, creating romantic back-lighting and shadows as well as small focused and blurred areas.
I had to "create" some light with the Iris pictures. I wanted to show the beautiful pattern of colors that create the stained glass look.
This was taken on a very bright sunny day where the light was directly on the flowers.
The dandelions were fun. Again, the sun was bright and shining directly on the plants. I love the curly cues and shiny seeds. Very Dr. Seuss.
The ferns are so interesting as they unfold during spring. I didn't notice this bug until I reviewed the pictures on screen.