I love commercial macro photography, especially when the subject is so different that nobody can guess what it is. Here is a photo that I took with a macro lens and whenever I ask what it is people say rabbit pellets. This was taken on my desk in my office and is not much bigger than mechanical pencil lead in diameter. The depth is roughly 1/8″ deep and covers about 1 inch square. Macro photograph usually has a very shallow depth of field, even at f/22. The depth of field in this image is very shallow and this 5x macro was taken with a setting of f/14 and the lens was about 2 inches from the subject.
For this image I used a specific macro lens. Thanks to a great tip from Bryan Peterson I have a new much less expensive way to capture macro images. I have the Canon 500D macro filter that threads onto my 77mm lenses. This makes it much easier to bring along when I travel and I almost always have it with me if a shot appears where I’m working. Otherwise I would miss many opportunities because I didn’t have such a lens with me.
If you are a shy person or just don’t care to interact with people, macro photography is a great way to express your photographic skills. I however don’t miss many chances to have a conversation with people. My wife says I talk too much, however if that was true I would not be typing this blog. Talking to people is what got my into photography in the first place.
FYI: The subject is Gun Powder
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