Don’t waste your time, or time will waste you. – Muse, lyrics to Knights of Cydonia.
This Weekly Photo Challenge asks us for our Muse – what subjects keeps inspiring us in photography?
For me, I don’t think it’s a particular subject, but more a technique. I love macro and close-up photography, and I love singling out a particular subject and focussing on it’s own individual beauty.
For the gallery, I’ve chosen such images, most have been posted before, but I took new photos today (the last 5 images). Below the gallery, I’ve left some information about the shooting process.
My Olympus OMD EM5 camera with the 17mm or 60mm macro lens is my absolute requirement. The 60mm is the obvious choice, but the 17mm is also very good for close-up shots.
I also like to use a white space – I have three of these. First is my white glass tabletop outside – it provides a fantastically reflective surface and is great because there’s a lot of available light outside. However, with tall subjects, the background can be distracting. Secondly, I have a tall white cabinet in my living room, up against the wall and the wall is white with a very slight mauve tint. This is the most common space that I use. Lastly, I have a large coffee table which matches the cabinet. The cabinet and coffee table have shiny surfaces as well, but the surface is a faux crocodile skin pattern, which looks a bit like jumble floor tiles in macro. In the captions of each photo, I’ve mentioned which surface I used.
Finally, I use Lightroom to edit the photos to make sure the subject stands out – you can find some information about how I do this here at ImageReboot.
These images seem like they belong in Lucile’s Photo101 Rehab Clinic, so I’m sending them there.
Have a lovely weekend!