It’s good to be back. March had five Wednesdays, so it’s been three weeks since the last challenge posted! Congratulations to justpat1 of https://pitammm.wordpress.com/ for submitting the winning entry to Challenge #34. Pat’s photo is of a yellow columbine and I love everything about it; the composition, light, color, and soft bokeh https://pitammm.wordpress.com/2017/03/17/macro-moments-week-34/
Please pay Pat a visit to view more beautiful work. No special theme this week, just macro or close-up.
Yellow Columbine, Aquilegia chrysantha
Shot with a Canon Rebel Xsi, 100mm, 5.6f, 1/100 sec, ISO 200.
Instructions for participating in the challenge are found at the end of this post.
Macro or Close-Up?
This section is reposted from an earlier challenge. Many newer photographers struggle to understand the difference between true macro and close-up photography. Macro photography has a magnification ratio of 1:1, meaning that it is depicted on the digital sensor in it’s actual size. I shot this penny with my macro lens set to 1:1.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Shot with my Olympus M.Zuiko 60mm F2.8 macro lens, 1/125 sec, f11, ISO 200, 60mm
Close up photography means depicting your subject at close range so that the subject fills the frame. Close-up photography is not always true macro photography. The photo below, is from a photo of a bird sitting on the fence in my yard that I shot this week-end. I cropped it very tight to focus on just part of his body. It is a close-up, but not true macro.
Shot with my Olympus 75-300mm lens, 1/250 sec, f10, ISO 400, 275mm
Both macro and close-up meet the criteria for the Macro Moments Challenge, but a nice photo whose subject(s) do not come close to filling the frame does not.
This is a place to share the beauty of macro photography and learn from each other. Please join in! A new challenge begins on the first and third Wednesday of each month and I announce the winner from the previous week when I post the new challenge. The winner’s photo will be featured on this blog and used as the banner in the announcement for the next challenge, unless I am requested not to use it.
Here’s how the challenge works:
- Choose a favorite macro photo from this week or from your archives.
- Create a new post on your blog entitled “Macro Moments Challenge: # (insert the challenge #)”.
- 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. on the first and third Tuesday of each month, 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 to Challenge # 34, and many of them are just wonderful. Not quite everyone stuck to the theme, but I listed them anyway:
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