Daily Challenge: Macro/Close Up

March 2, 2011 | 7 Comments | Email | Print

Daily Challenge: Macro/Close Up

This challenge definitely has me yearning for a macro lens! So while the “macro” part of the assignment couldn’t be achieved to its full extent, I enjoyed the close-up. I tried some different shots – plants, things around the house, etc. and in the end my pup’s nose while he was napping won out as my favorite shot. He barely opened his eyes while I was snapping the pictures. Ahhh, to have a dog’s life!

Camera Settings: Lens 50mm 1.8, ISO 100, Aperture f/4.0, Exposure 1/500

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7 Responses to Daily Challenge: Macro/Close Up

Emily @ Darby O'Shea March 2, 2011 at 12:19 pm

This might go without saying, but more authentic macro-esque shots can be achieved without a macro lens if you bump the f-stop down to 1.8, get in as close as you can without losing focus, and then crop a little bit afterward.

I like this shot just as it is, though. Dog noses are the best.

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Michelle March 2, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Hi Emily, Thanks for the comment! And *doh!* I totally should have dropped the aperture the whole way to 1.8. I still sometimes forget that I have total control. Baby steps :)

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Kelly (the dSLR newbie) March 2, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Great pic, I like how the light & whiskers make the details on the nose pop even more. And what a good boy staying still for you!

For macro shots, I use either the “flower” setting on my dial (though it’s an AUTO and trying to get away from that), or aperture priority and try not to zoom.

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Michelle March 2, 2011 at 2:10 pm

I gave it another shot with the aperture the whole way down to 1.8. Luckily I was able to find Einstein snoozing again ;-)

Macro/Closeup Take 2

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Amanda January 16, 2012 at 10:03 am

Adorable! Great shot!

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Denise May 1, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Love it! You can get necklaces made pendants of imprints of your pet’s nose, or feet!I believe it’s in Uncommon Goods. :)

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shoot the face July 15, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Nice shot! Really, good photography also requires your skills and also great timing! :)
Why not submit some of your works to a monthly photo contest? Showcasing your works and hearing people appreciate it is just as rewarding as winning a photography award.

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