I’ll admit that when I want to play photographer, I automatically reach for the kahuna camera. The dSLR is an amazing piece of machinery and I love the kahuna but one thing the kahuna can’t do for me [because of lack of equipment] is macro. I’m not sure if I’d use a macro lens often so I’m not going to spend the bones. And I know that macro lens filters are very handy but I don’t have those either. I just use my point and shoot instead.
My Canon PowerShot goes everywhere with me. It’s small enough to fit in every purse I own (or the hubs’s pocket) and you never know when you’ll want to take a picture. Or at I least I never know when I’ll want to take a picture. And it takes a decent photograph – those 10 mega pixels word hard for me. But the macro on this little doodad is so cool. I really should play with it more often.
Last week’s subject for the Weekly Photo Challenge was fire. I really wanted a flame (because flames look super fly when pixelated) but I was taking all kinds of “fire” photos just in case my idea wouldn’t work out. After all, fire is unpredictable. But yes, I photographed fire extinguishers, fire alarms, fire signs… and matches. To be more specific, unlit matches.
I really liked the photos of the unlit matches. I used my handy homemade light box with a black backdrop. Lined up my matches. Positioned my lamps in a way I liked outside the light box. Changed the camera’s setting to macro, turned off the flash and proceeded to take about 30 different pictures of matches. Each one was different and I tried to move my camera around and at different angles as much as possible. But this one was my favorite.
I did some post-processing – I learned a new way to make photos have a vintage look with a blue-hue. And thought it would be cool with the black background and the red tips of the matches. And I’m pleased with it.
It’s hard [for me] to find things to shoot with the macro setting. But I’m going to try to use it more often because it does provide a different point of view than if you backed out your shot. A different kind of creative. Different is good. I like different.