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An appreciation of macro

 
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Aug 29, 2012 21:32 |  #1

A few weeks ago, someone responded to a picture I had posted of a jumping spider, with, “a fine example of God’s genius!” I knew exactly what he meant, and could appreciate the comment, which had little to do with the image, and everything to do with the spider.

Ever since I began shooting macro, I’ve come to appreciate the smaller creatures around us. Anyone, if they’re so inclined, can see the beauty in a horse, a lion, a whale, and other large animals. We who enjoy macro photography, are able to see “God’s genius,” (or Mother Nature’s genius, if you will) in much smaller things. After seeing the complexity and detail of various insects and arachnids, I think of them not as just “bugs,” but as small animals. When I show family and friends some of my shots, I get a feeling of satisfaction if I see the light come on in one of them.

I still don’t like mosquitoes, roaches, and a few other “pests,” but I’m glad that my expanding world now includes so many more creatures that I do like, than I had ever know before. I feel blessed.

Sorry if I’ve rambled.

This Robber Fly exemplifies what I'm talking about. I find this much more interesting than a picture of an elephant. ;)

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Aug 29, 2012 21:51 |  #2

Nice...


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Aug 30, 2012 00:42 |  #3

Fully agree with your comments
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Aug 30, 2012 19:50 as a reply to  @ LordV's post |  #4

No rambles here, I completely understand. From macro to astro, film is always a fantastic way to appreciate the work of God that may otherwise go unnoticed.


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Aug 30, 2012 20:02 |  #5

People forget Insects have millions of years more evolution under their belt thereby making some badass adaptations and critters. Personally I don't get all the hype with whales. Whales Schmales, bring on the dragonfly watching.

Beautiful Shot you have there.


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Aug 31, 2012 04:57 |  #6

Well said, fully agree. Great image too!


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Aug 31, 2012 10:33 |  #7

i totally agree. Macro photography is just a vehicle...


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Aug 31, 2012 22:59 |  #8

LV Moose wrote in post #14924406 (external link)
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This Robber Fly exemplifies what I'm talking about. I find this much more interesting than a picture of an elephant. ;)

Hmmm, that made me want to try some elephant macro shots. Perhaps of the teeth or tongue. Might be interesting if you could get a view that is unfamiliar.

Can't really do the freezer trick to stop them moving though.


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Sep 01, 2012 09:25 |  #9

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Hmmm, that made me want to try some elephant macro shots. Perhaps of the teeth or tongue. Might be interesting if you could get a view that is unfamiliar.

Can't really do the freezer trick to stop them moving though.

Speaking of elephants:

How do you get an elephant out of a glass jar?

A: Take the letter F out of the word "Way"


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Sep 04, 2012 20:16 |  #10

Adding a macro lens to my arsenal was the best thing I've ever done for my photography. It's a whole new world and there are times when I look at my pictures and sit back for a second and really 'LOOK' at them to appreciate every little detail of tiny critters that I can get a decent picture of. It's a whole new world and has definitely made me appreciate even more the delicate balance we have with nature.

But I'm still petrified of spiders and don't ever see me getting any crisp shots of those nasty things unless it's with a remote! Even then I'd have to have someone else clear my gear before I'd touch it again. :D

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Sep 07, 2012 20:41 as a reply to  @ VegasBoz's post |  #11

I had a similar talk with a friend at work. His light got turned on from viewing some of my photos. I agree completely with your "ramblings."

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Sep 09, 2012 18:14 |  #12

Totally agree. I'm told bugs are ugly sometimes when I show people macro images, though not allways the people you expect seem to appreciate them.

I've always been interested in bugs but recently come to appreciate them as little animals since watching them so closely in the VF. Today I had a Migrant hawker come and hover a few feet in front of me a for a few minutes clearly investigating me and edging slowly closer. It put a smile on my face, shame I didnt have the right lens with me.


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Sep 09, 2012 18:20 |  #13

weeatmice wrote in post #14969088 (external link)
...I had a Migrant hawker come and hover a few feet in front of me a for a few minutes clearly investigating me and edging slowly closer. It put a smile on my face.

Jumping spiders sometimes make me smile, and damselflies when they land on me while I'm relaxing in the pool :)


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Sep 09, 2012 19:01 |  #14

No doubt the images you, Brian and Kurt have shared, along with others, have really been inspiring and changed the way I look at insects and spiders. I have had some appreciation for macro, but nothing like I have now, since joining this forum. I had never seen the kinds of images as good as what has been shared on this forum.

I don't stop to smell the roses, I stop to see if there are any bugs on them.

Thank you for posting.


  
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Sep 09, 2012 19:10 |  #15

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I don't stop to smell the roses, I stop to see if there are any bugs on them.

LOL Exactly! :lol:

And by the way, the images of Brian and Kurt are also what got me inspired.


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