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“Further Steps” photography course – Macro

19 Jun 2018

Our theme for our photoshoot on 23rd May was inspired by the macro and close-up category of the International Garden Photographer of the Year – Macro Art. The group could photograph any subject at Pensthorpe, but they should be looking at it close up. They could use Focus Stacking techniques, a macro lens, Raynox close-up filter or extension tubes. The subjects could be flowers, leaves, feathers, insects and textural subjects….whatever inspires you as a photographer. The use of a tripod is essential in macro photography and the use of Live View certainly makes this type of photography much easier. Most cameras will allow you to zoom into your subject in Live View and this then makes it much easier to manual focus on your subject. Live View is great for taking the individual shots for an image that will be created by using Focus Stacking. Photoshop has a built-in Focus Stacking tool. The Macro Art Photo Project competition’s closing date is: 29 June 2018 – still time to send in your images. For more details visit the competition website:



Julia Read

I was intrigued by the shape and dynamic of the underside of the Lisianthus flower bud in macro 1:1 ratio view, a side of the flower that is not the most frequently viewed or considered. I think the curled petals give a sense of impending motion – you can almost image the bud rotating fast and the petals pinging open wide open!


Michael I’Anson



Rhonda Pike

Rain-damaged Poppy

While undertaking an exercise in spot metering with the camera I came across this perennial Oriental Poppy which was well past its best. The petals were damaged by a recent rainstorm and most of them had fallen but I was struck by the beauty of the shabby colours and the bruises and watermarks on the petals.

Camera: Canon EOS 70D;  Lens Sigma 105mm macro; 1/100sec; f6.3; ISO 500; spot metering.


Robin Myerscough

Common Female Darter dragonfly

It is a Common Female Darter enjoying an afternoon snooze in the sunshine. It was taken with my Sony RX100 and the settings were: f/4, 1/250second and focal length 9mm.