Macro Moments Challenge: Week 4

Wow, the Macro Moments Challenge really exploded last week! There were so many wonderful entries that choosing a winner was very difficult!  Congratulations to Gayle of Ventures in Photos, our winner, for her wonderful shot featured in the header above and below.  Gayle’s picture is very sharp and beautifully composed.  Please take a look at her work on her site.

Macro Moments Week 3 Winner

Thank you to all who participated and to Jennifer Nicole Wells at, Cee Neuner at, Desleyjane at, and everyone else who mentioned the challenge on your blog for helping the challenge to grow. 

 This is a place to share the beauty of macro photography and learn from each other.  Please join in!  A new challenge begins each Wednesday, and I announce the winner from the previous week when I post the new challenge. The winner’s photo will be  used as the banner in the announcement for the next week’s challenge, unless I am requested not to use it.

 Instructions for how to participate are at the end of this post.

When I first got my macro lens I encountered quite a learning curve.  I tried an exercise using my Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera and my Olympus M.60mm f.2.8 macro lens.  To replicate an insect that I might find outdoors, I shot a series of photos, at different aperture settings, of a little ladybug pin from my jewelry box.  The camera was on a tripod and I handheld a remote flash and used a remote trigger.

 For any given aperture value, the higher the magnification ratio, the smaller the depth of field  will be, hence the depth of field tends to be very shallow for macro photography because you are shooting at high magnification.  Therefore, to achieve sharp results you must focus right on the main point of the subject that you want to target and set a larger aperture number, typically f 6.0 or greater.  

Here are some of the results from my practice settings, at progressively larger aperture settings, focusing on the dots on the ladybug’s back–

1/25 sec, f 2.8, ISO 200



1/50 sec, f 5.6, ISO 200



1/25 sec, f8.0 ISO 200



1/25 sec, f11, ISO 400



Here’s how the challenge works:

  • Choose a favorite macro photo  from the past week or from your archives. 
  • Create a new post on your blog entitled “Macro Moments: Week (insert week)“.
  • Add the photo to your post and a brief description. I would love to know, as I am sure others would, too,  what camera and lens you used and your settings.
  • You may submit more than one photo, but submit each in a separate post if you want to be included in the judging.
  • Deadline for submitting your entries is 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, Pacific Time.
  • Create a * pingback to this post and/or leave a link to your post in the comments section.
  • Tag your post Macro Moments so others can find it.
If you’re not sure how to create a pingback,  Here are instructions

The following bloggers also submitted entries in last week’s challenge.  Pay them a visit to view their work and if I missed anybody, please let me know!

Subscribe to my blog to receive challenge posts via email.

About Susan Gutterman

I am an amateur photographer and occasional blogger, living in northern California. I also enjoy reading, walking, traveling, volunteering and spending time with my family and my yellow lab, Gabby.
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22 Responses to Macro Moments Challenge: Week 4

  1. Hi Susan, it’s great that you have displayed the images of your practice by changing FA and ISO. It helps me to have a good idea of focusing in macro photography. Thanks for that. One thing I also want to mention here. . It’s very difficult to find out the particular photo for this contest from site link of the participants. It’d be easier if you feature the link of the particular post from their site. Thank you.


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  3. Gayle says:

    What an honor to have my photo from week 3 as the feature for this week’s challenge. Thank you Susan.


    • Hi Gayle, What happened to your site? I wanted to recognize you for participating in this week’s challenge and I got a message that your WordPress site had been removed. I hope that’s not the case! Have you moved it somewhere else?


  4. Cee Neuner says:

    I so enjoyed Gayle’s photo last week. Congrats Gayle.
    Here is my entry for this week…. I hope you all ENJOY it.

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  8. Thanks, Susan, for editing the links. It’s a nice opportunity to see stunning Macro photos in a bunch. Enjoying the challenge. This is my entry for this week,

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  10. nowathome says:

    Thank you for adding the links of the other challengers.

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  18. I really like how you showed the evolution of each photo Susan. Here is my photo for this week. Meet Rosie!!


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