Macro Mondays: What is That?

This week’s theme for the Flickr Macro Mondays group is “What is That?” From this week’s instructions (from Vasanthi Balson):

An Interactive theme for this week.  
Your photograph should raise the question “What is that?” in viewer’s mind.  
Photograph must be taken in such a way that the subject is not easily recognizable.
No Blurred (Out of focus) photographs, please.

Below are different ways you can tackle this theme:
• Choose an unusual object as your subject
• Use an unusual point of view (POV)
• Use lighting from a different angle
• Use multiple exposures
• Use an unusual composition
• Get very close to the object
• Use tubes or magnifying filters to your lens to enlarge your subject
• Photograph just the textures or patterns
• Make an abstract photograph of your subject
• Use shallow depth of field (the areas of focus or sharpness are limited), etc.

Whichever technique(s) you use, make sure your subject is difficult to recognize.

Algae Covered Fence

I love shooting macro as wide open as I can so that only a sliver of the subject is in focus. While exploring in my backyard, I spied my fence line in the shade with a hint of sun illuminating the algae growing on the fence. I thought a close up look at the algae might make for an interesting “What is That?” composition.

Nikon D750 | 105mm | f/11 | 1/400 | ISO 400

Rusty Shovel

We also have an old rusty shovel that lives near our pool pump. It’s useful for turning the valves on the pump. I love how the rust has chipped away at the end of the shovel and even made holes in the metal. At first glance, you can’t really tell what it is!

New Braunfels macro photographer

Thanks for looking.

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