My personal interest in "Macro", has been highly fleeting and rare - and I was more of a "Close up" guy - You know - closer motives - but no true 1:1 Macro.

Daniel had the Canon EF 100/2.8 L IS Macro lens - which I used a few times as shown above when I suddenly encountered a sharp light from the sun while the very fine drizzle continued,covering the insect which many tiny water bubbles.

It looked very interesting, kind of scenic beautiful. But I wasn't really thinking of Macro - only to get close enough to make the bubbles on the insect visible.


Only very few insect images I have

So, overall my images with closeup on insects are very, very few. The image below was made 3 days later on 12 Sep 2013 - from an insect shedding it's outer shell. I do like the idea of close-ups, perhaps because I like compositions more than any interest into the very fine, or even super macro details. The latter I have no experience of what so ever...

It will be sure, get both interesting... as well frustrating. That's part of the learning, by the way - and has nothing to do with negativity.


From the Image Archive

Since I have a huge archive with images... but not so many are tagged - i sometimes forget what I have done though the years. The reason I don't do "tags" is, that when applications stop functioning, the tags also disappear. So, i only use "tags" in the file name, if any at all. But that's never been my habit to do so - except for a date and a time stamp. So, I still have to go though images manually, visually so to speak, in order to find things.

So, how about "macro", or better said "closeups". It appears to me, that yes, I was more of a "closeup" guy, rather than a Macro guy. Also: I used (Daniels) Canon EF 100/2.8 L IS often at wide open aperture. With dreamy composition in mind - and found a couple nice images.

Nothing spectacular, and yet, I really like them a lot. Especially since I haven't seen them for such a long time - and realize - wow - but that is my kind of style. A Different kind of "closeups":


The Ice Ring (2012)

I can't remember what exactly lead into that we had a big ring of ice... but it was very pretty to look at. And with Daniel's new Canon EF 100/2.8 L IS lens - I made a few experiments. But gosh, frozen water is fascinating... But macro it is not. I mean, the details are not particularly sharp and clear when you really zoom in at 100%. It's the overall impressions, the dreamy kind of landscapes which fascinate me. More "Female" rather then "male" feeling, so to speak.

Maybe I have become more "male" in about many things how I view and feel about many things in the world, in big and small, as I grow older ? Yet, at the same time - I absolutely love the man in me. The more "straight" type of male thinking, I find more attractive today compared to let's say 20-30 years ago.

In reality of course, it is all a mix of many aspects; male, female, guy as well straight. And maybe that is what it is supposed to be... Aspects of a whole.





The Bee (2022)

This was last year in July, to my astonishment I have seen several bees last year - a sight which has been uncommon during the previous 10 years. She was resting on my plants at the balcony. As if collecting her powers. Perhaps taking a power nap ? She was completely still and did not mind that I got closer. I didn't want to get too close either - because I liked the composition with the leaf.

So, I used the Olympus ED 60/2.8 Macro with the new Olympus EM1X camera in this case.



Fat Bubbles (2023)

A sloppy photo of fat bubbles on a pan, which I loosely focused at - without tripod or correct light (coming from above casting a shadow downwards). But I like the patterns and didn't want to loose them into the drain once Sal does the dishes ;-)


Dried flowers (2012)

I love this one I realize. A romantic-rustic feeling over it, with colors that match. that style. Probably from the dark-pink flowers we had at the balcony back then, which when they were fresh, created an interesting contrast of colors.

I guess "macro" doesn't always have to be the super sharp kind of style. As I earlier mentioned, Julia Volozh did amazing images where sharpness, was perhaps the least important aspect in her creations - and yet in stunning ways showed an artist at work. Oh, she was good. So much creativity - a very inspiring woman as well also humble in person.

That was back in the mid 90s, and we lost contact somewhere after year 2004. Actually, even Perry (my first husband) met the family once, when we all together went out.


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