“Yet despite the demands placed on us by close-up photography, we addicts seem to dig our heels in even deeper. Once we feel the joy of succeeding with one great close-up shot, we’re hooked. We see so much potential, so many possible intimate encounters, in a world that most people are too busy to notice or simply never thought was worth the look. But we know different, and we want to not only connect with the close-up world but share that world with the greater world at large, as well.”—Bryan Peterson, Understanding Close-Up Photography
This whole subject of making discoveries in close-up photography is so far from reaching its end because nothing is ever familiar—at the slightest twist or turn, a new image is revealed! It is truly a lifelong journey and like most journeys, there are many stops along the way and any number of paths to our destination.
Below are several pictures of a simple leaf found by chance on the ground. In my mind, close-up photography must include anything that isn’t normally experienced up close—like this innocent leaf resting on a soft red tissue paper.
Regardless of the equipment, lighting, locations, viewpoints you choose, you are at the controls. So, no matter where you are in your journey, you always have the option of stopping, surveying the scene before you, and making the decision as to how and when to preserve what you see. Auf wiedersehen!