Micro – cosmos in your yard

Many new point-and-shoot cameras have a macro focus function, allowing you to take close-up photos of miniature creatures.

August 23, 2011 | | Blogs | Environment | Notes from the Wild

There are innumerable tiny creatures surrounding your home that on close inspection reveal unexpected beauty – and sometimes, depending on your point of view, unexpected horror.

It can be rewarding to take the time to notice them, and to photograph them if you’re so inclined. Many new point-and-shoot cameras have a macro focus function, allowing you to take close-up photos of miniature creatures.

Better is a digital SLR with a macro lens. A flash unit, either hand held or a ring flash that fits around the lens, allows shooting at high speed to freeze movement while maintaining good depth of field.

The following images were taken with a 90 mm macro lens mounted on a Canon Eos 40-D body. A hand held flash allowed me to shoot at an f-stop of 32, for maximum depth of field.

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Don Scallen enjoys sharing his love of nature through his writing and presentations. Check out his blog "Notes from the Wild".

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