Come a little closer…

The WPC this week is not really a challenge for me as I am always taking photographs close up. Rocks and lichens have been my most recent subjects on here, and there has even been a dragonfly, a bee and a zebra in the past.

Worker Bee
Up close and personal



Flowers feature frequently over on the Earth Laughs in Flowers blog. Stunning osteospermums and gazanias are enchanting close up, but structural or textural plants such as succulents or grasses can look completely different if you ensure that pattern details fill the frame.


But let’s step away from nature and turn to a man-made object for a change and get a little closer. Would you have noticed that pattern as you walked by?

Rusty pattern

And the difference between Macro photography and a close-up? Well a close-up image will fill the frame as my lock does above and can generally be done using any type of lens including cameras with a macro setting. Macro photography on the other hand, although a form of close-up, is usually only achieved using a special (and expensive) macro lens. A macro shot, allows for bigger magnification and shows the finest detail in focus. A real macro lens has the capability of achieving in the least a 1:1 magnification. Having just taken delivery of a new camera I am looking forward to buying my first real macro lens and getting even closer.

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

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  1. Amazing photos Jude. And many thanks for your excellent explanation of the difference between a close up and a macro. I really hope to pursue photography more seriously at some point, and will bare this in mind when that day comes! How fun to have a new camera, I look forward to even more amazing photos than these, if that’s possible 🙂 xx

    1. I want to go out and use my new camera. I mean what IS the point of buying one and not being able to use it? Doesn’t look promising until the end of the week though 😦

      1. You’ll have to do a home feature! The camera must take indoor shots too. Come on- lets see your potted plants/dining table/whatever? 🙂 Did you make it to the Cavalry?

        1. I just noticed that the house we were gazumped on (Christmas 2013) and which was finally sold for the same amount we had offered in April last year is back on the market. At a £30k increase! Makes me sad (and mad), BUT things may be looking up 🙂

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