When it comes right down to it, we take photos of the things we love. Whether it's people or things or just the everyday scenery we have. With a macro lens, you can take those little objects in your life and see them in a whole new way. Come and appreciate what you have all the more in this final edition of Macro-Land.
Throughout this Macro-Land series, I’ve learned a great deal about how to see through a lens differently. I hope some of the tips and tricks along the way have helped you, too.
The biggest lessons? Find the things you love, and notice how different they look when you’re up this close. Lighting is important, and getting the focus right takes trial and error. But more than anything, don’t be afraid to explore. To see what out of focus does, or go off into the wild and see what the edge of a leaf on some tree looks like. The macro lens lets us see things crisply up close, where we could simply step over them if we were otherwise just passing by.
For me, I discovered most of the little things I love are all in one room: my office at home. Aside from my art supplies (I can’t fit that desk in here), everything else is setup in here. And, for me, it’s generally just a bunch of totems for the things I do rather than trophies.
The other thing was that I assumed getting up close with a lot of these items would show blemishes rather than the perfection that exists in my mind. That wasn’t the case. I just got to know each object yet more intimately.
But it’s also about the places you’ll visit again, the things you meant to do and have gotten away from. Even with a normal lens, go through those little things in your life, see what gets rekindled.
This is just the things that are indoors. I could take shots of a kayak or a bike or a backpack. You get the idea. (It was cold and rainy this day, so I hope you understand I didn’t want to pull everything out of the garage.)
More than anything, thanks for coming along on this voyage to Macro-Land series with me. I’m still relatively new to taking pictures (about 8 months now), and I hope I’ve figured out enough things that someone else may have picked something up through it. It’s the end of July here. Plenty more to see this summer, then the colours of fall, then the crispness of winter. So much to see, to capture. So many places to go.
Words and photos by Kevin Hodur. Previously calling suburban Chicago and Portland home, Kevin now lives and works as a writer on Upper Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula. Catch editions of his regular analogue lifestyle feature The Road Rarely Traveled every month-ish.
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- Optic Matters: Zooming-In On Macro Lens
- An Introduction to Macro-Land
- Macro-Land: Sold!
- Macro-Land: On a Sunny Day
- Macro-Land: Full-Spectrum Nature
- Macro-Land: Playing with Light