A Mayfly and more about Getting Closer (Two Photographs)
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These are two photographs of the same mayfly, the only difference is that I moved myself closer to the insect in one than in the other. Given the nature of telephoto lenses even long macro lenses, the narrow depth of field gives the closer version an almost 3D look. The other point to be made about the closer shot is that the composition to my mind is more interesting. Getting closer, with a narrow depth of field has some effects on the way the background goes out of focus, most notably on the edges of leaves, and it may be difficult to decide how much sharpening to use (selectively) on the subject. I have erred here on a bit more sharpening to emphasize the dimensional illusion (3D).