Macrophotography is close up photography, usually of very small subjects. Classically a macrophotograph is one in which the size of the subject on the negative is greater than life size. However in modern use it refers to a finished photograph of a subject at greater than life size. That’s straight from Wikipedia. I’ve always been fascinated by these larger than life close ups of small things so one of the first things I started working on with my new DSLR was Macros.
Macrophotography often requires special lenses that can focus on things that are very close. I don’t have a lens like that but I learned a couple of ways to get around that from Scott Thomas on his Views Infinitum blog. One way is to attach a 10x filter on a standard type lens. I bought one of these filters for my 50mm f/1.8. I screwed it on and within a few minutes I made this up close picture of some grapes. I thought it turned out pretty good!
About a week or two after I made the grapes shot a photographer friend named Bret Douglas suggested that, as an exercise, I should photograph a water faucet. That sounded like a fun idea to me so I got the 10x filter out once again and tried it out on the water faucet in our kitchen. The results are below.
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