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.

64 thoughts on “Come a little closer…”

  1. Hi Jude, I’ve been trying to convince myself for a while that a macro is a must however I just can’t part with the amount of money they cost. However a friend of mine told me to buy a reversing ring so I can use my lenses backwards. It cost me £2 and although it takes some getting used to it produces great macro shots. I’ve generally been using my 35-70mm and although hand held is tough it’s worth the pain. A tripod helps mind you!

  2. Where to start? I had no idea of the difference between macro and closeup. I’m anticipating tiny pleasures as you start playing with the new camera. Will you introduce us? Now for the photos. That dragonfly is particularly wonderful, and the bee amongst its pollen.

    1. Thank you Meg. I’m a bit out-of-sorts this weekend. Itching to get out with the camera and all it does is rain!

  3. These are just fantastic Jude – I thought the dragonfly was a winner until I came to the bee, which was then surpassed by the zebra. WOW!!!

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