Macro study

Been playing around with tabletop compositions (much warmer inside than out in Wisconsin these days).  It’s fun to work on different distances to see what close vs far does for the subject.  I wonder if there isn’t a sweet spot for any subject, be it tiny objects, beautiful models or grand landscapes, and one objective for the photographer is to tap into that as part of the creative process.

I guess the distance is a function of the story you want the subject to be telling.  Close gives an intimate sense of being a part of the scene, a look into a world that resides right under our noses but is usually passed over in lieu of the more macro world.  Backing up some to see that larger scene gives a sense of place, a context for the subject to reside in and on.  Pulling back more to see the whole object reveals what it is and some of what its function may be at the time.

Part of this study was to simply use a different background.  I usually place objects on a black cloth but have been wanting to work on shadows.  Hard to reverse out shadows (wouldn’t that be cool, though; white shadows on a black background) so I got a white cloth instead.  Now I can use my light modifiers in a greater way, to control light on the subject and shadow.

 

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2 thoughts on “Macro study

  1. What a great idea for experimenting with perspective and light and distance. You chose a subject with a lot of personality–pocket watches have always fascinated me (and I confess to looking at the time on the face of the clock in each of the images). For reasons I can’t totally explain, I am especially drawn to the second image. I think it has something to do with the contrast between the smoothness of the face of the watch and the roughness of the texture of the cloth.

    • Thanks, Mike. Seems like pocket watches are making a comeback, maybe because they seem so unique to a generation who’s never seen them. I like the “bigness” of them for this type study, where everything just pops out demanding your eye’s attention. The macro lens just gives that little extra oomph over focusing closely with a zoom. Getting light where you need it can be a challenge, though.

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