It is in the details. While this photograph does not necessarily qualify as macro photography, it provides a glimpse as to what macro does. It opens up a world most of us do not normally see. A leaf or a flower from a yard away may be beautiful or even mundane if it is commonplace, but zoom in on the details and your interest likely perks up again. We are seeing something new from an object we are familiar and possibly desensitized from repeated exposure. This is the same thought process I am thinking about when I focus on the details of a building or piece of industrial equipment. Photography can be grand on an epic wide-angle landscape and it can be equally grand at a tiny macro level. Explore both and everything in between.
Shooting Notes: The most success I have had shooting at the Conservatory have been photographs where the leaf is backlit or at least sidelit. The additional light illuminating through the leaf allows me to shoot at a faster shutter speed which is critical in a venue where tripods are not allowed and all shots have to be handheld or used on a monopod (which I do not own).
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO100, 35mm (prime lens), f/1.8, 1/60 sec
San Francisco (CA), Fern Leaf, Spores, Monochrome. Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA. February 28, 2016. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.