The secret world of small things

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Rose explorer (a tiny bee explores a rose in my garden)

Macro is one of my favourite modes of photography, particularly when the subject is mini-beasts. Perhaps with this subject more than any other, photography has revealed to me a secret world. I try to find points of view that create the impression of seeing the macro landscape as an insect might. My subjects are photographed in natural light, as I find them. I will never move them or otherwise deliberately interfere in their behaviour. I certainly will not immobilise them by putting them in the fridge as many photographers do! If they fly/crawl away before I get my shot, then so be it; it’s part of the challenge. I prefer to show insects interacting with their environment rather than zooming in really close for a ‘scientific’ style of shot.
My family find it strange that I photograph bugs as I used to be afraid of them. Could another benefit of photography be phobia busting? (But I am still afraid of spiders – don’t tell!)

12 thoughts on “The secret world of small things

  1. I get it. I seem to be shooting in macro or long range tele most of the time – always trying to get closer somehow.

    And, with my journalist’s mindset, I agree completely that things should be shot as they are. I even have doubts about using PhotoShop – but since I haven’t the patience to learn it, it’s kind of a moot point. πŸ˜€

    I hope your back begins to cooperate and allow you to crawl about again soon.

  2. Love this one Rachael, until you mentioned it to me a while ago, I would not of even thought that people would do that to get a shot, I know I never would even consider it. So much better in their natural environments πŸ™‚

  3. I too was shocked to learn that photographers would put creatures in the fridge – how cruel. And I agree that macro shots can cure phobias. Your picture of the caterpillar on the underside of a leaf is the only picture I’ve seen of said beast I can look at without squirming (I have a phobia of caterpillars)! The rose/bee picture is such a work of art πŸ™‚

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