Photo challenge: Close Up

This photo challenge is all about the details! Or more particularly, being close to the subject and fill the frame with it. What I am talking about here is close up photography.

A couple of years ago when I first got interested in close up (and macro) photography, I always use the largest aperture possible to get the shallowest depth of field (because of the blurry backgrounds). That resulted in only a part of my subject being sharp - which was very frustrating. In this challenge I have forced myself to use smaller apertures, to get a longer depth of field and get my subject all sharp. But the aperture cannot be too small. I still want the blurry background!

Note: Close up should not be confused with macro. Close up is basically when you take a photo of (e.g) a butterfly and macro is when you take a photo the butterfly's eye. See the differences? In close up, you capture your subject as a whole and with macro you capture only a small part of that subject.. But let's not start a fight about this! Photography is photography, we don't really need labels.

This is a response to the post “Photo challenge: close up” by Daily post


Photo challenge: Close up - Leaf with raindrops

Canon EOS 6D + Sigma 50mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro @ 50mm • 1/40 • f/4 • ISO 800

Photo challenge: Close up - Leaf with a raindrop

Canon EOS 6D + Sigma 50mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro @ 50mm • 1/25 • f/7.1 • ISO 800
Photo challenge: Close up - Green leaves with raindrops Canon EOS 6D + Sigma 50mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro @ 50mm • 1/60 • f/7.1 • ISO 800

Photo challenge: Close up - Butterfly on a yellow flower

Canon EOS 6D + Sigma 50mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro @ 50mm • 1/250 • f/7.1 • ISO 800

Photo challenge: Close up - Bubmle bee on a yellow flower

Canon EOS 6D + Sigma 50mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro @ 50mm • 1/200 • f/7.1 • ISO 800
Photo challenge: Close up - Purple coral

Canon EOS 6D + Sigma 50mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro @ 50mm • 1/400 • f/6.3 • ISO 800


Small vs. lagre aperture!

Comparison of apertures

Just to show you the impact of using a smaller aperture when shooting close up (in comparison of using a larger aperture), I have provide you with the two photos above.

The first one is taken with f/2.8 and the other with f/7.1. As we can see, the second image has a smoother transition between the sharp and unsharp parts in the image. I personally prefer the second one for this specific case, but this is of course a matter of taste. I am not saying one is better than the other, I just wanted to show you the differences!

Hope you enjoyed this because I certainly did. More photo challenges will come up!

Comments

  • Anonymous

    I really love your shots.

    Aug 2, 2015

    • Eja - in reply to Anonymous

      Thank you!

      Aug 2, 2015

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