A Female Midge (and More Words on Macro/Close-up Photography).

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Most photographers do not make a distinction between close-up and macro photography. In the latter case we are talking about magnification and in the former it’s getting closer. If this was a macro photograph we would lose the context of the flower and the huge size of the midge would be more dramatic than interesting. When it comes to insects we could photograph them in a scientific way where all that matters is the side or top down view that helps identify the insect; there are people who collect these images of insects and people who need such images. Or we could capture our image with context and provide a point of interest that makes the image more than just about the insect. In this case the flower alone might have been interesting and the midge adds flavor, or the flower highlights the midge (the midge being something that without a camera, we might not otherwise see).

6 responses

  1. Thanks for the distinction between the two terms, Macro/Close-up. And for the illustrated distinction between an artistic photograph and one that might be used in a study of Entomology.

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    March 30, 2016 at 4:51 am

  2. Nice read! Picture is as always fabulous!

    Liked by 1 person

    March 30, 2016 at 5:53 am

  3. You are a master at capturing them in context and is exactly why I love your insect photography. I’ve never much enjoyed insect photography before I started following your blog. So thanks for that!


    March 31, 2016 at 10:52 am

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