I’ve been waiting for a rainy day to test some ideas I have had for improving my macro photography. While I didn’t really want a rainy day on a vacation day, that was what I had today so I did some playing with gear.
I set up a very small macro studio area on a piano bench. Using what appears to have been every piece of gear I own other than my long lens, I came up with the following images.
My efforts began by shooting ultra close images of the wing of a monarch butterfly. I was surprised to learn of the range of texture in the individual scales on the butterfly’s wings. I did not realize how complex their wing structure was. This is the same wing, just lit differently and viewed in two areas.
Macro – Monarch Butterfly Wing:
Next for my experimenting was a turkey feather. My feather photos will go from a wider (still macro) view down to an ultra-close view that revealed additional rows of feathers on the feathers we already see. Under normal viewing we do not see the very fine filament-like feathers.
Macro – Turkey Feather:
My final tests were of autumn leaves. This first photo shows a close-up of a maple leaf.
Macro – Maple Leaf
The next two images are of a different leaf lit from the side and then from behind. Again, notice the range of texture that we seldom, if ever, see. I know I seldom study anything at this close range. Looking at things differently today caused me to be in wonder of the detailed structure of ordinary natural items.
Macro – Maple Leaf Lit From Different Directions: