Monday, April 15, 2013
I learned some new macro (that means very close up) photography techniques at a class that I took at the Desert Museum this weekend. Dr. John Schaefer, an expert in macro photography, taught a day long session that dealt with depth of field, aperture/shutter relationship, and lots more.
The image above is of the tall blossom spike of the Mexican Golden Agave. I used Dr. Schaefer's darkroom techniques (remember that means the photo is "developed" via computer) along with another program that I like to created the silvered image above.
A feature of macro photography is the closeness and clarity that is possible. For the purposes of this blog, all of the photos that are posted are 600 pixels wide by 400 pixels tall. I use that photo size so that the blog images will resolve fairly easily, no matter what device one is reading on. Thus, the image above may not appear to be razor sharp.
Believe me, with digital cameras these days, macro photography gives an incredible up-close-and-personal feel to pictures of plant life and more. It's almost like having a microscope in your camera.
Wanda Hayes Eichler