Searching for Macro Subjects


How do you find your macro subjects?

Water is constantly changing – always different – and always beautiful. While Jay was photographing a huge waterfall nearby, I went exploring. Along the cliffs near the falls, I found thin streams of water – creating tiny, smooth waterfalls that were every bit as beautiful as their big brother upstream.

This is why I love macro photography. Details like this. There were crowds of people around those thundering falls. Every one of them was snapping photos – with their cameras or mobile phones. But nobody seemed to notice this little beauty nearby. It was smaller. Quieter. More subtle. The showy one got all the attention – but this one was no less beautiful for not calling attention to itself.

So here are my tips for finding macro subjects:

  1. Take a shot or two of the icon to get it out of your system – and then move on. This will help you focus your attention on search for macro subjects.
  2. Get down low and look under things. Think of it like a treasure hunt. You are looking for interesting subjects that stand out against their background. I found my subject for this shot under a ledge of rock on the wall of the canyon.
  3. Pay attention to color and light. In this case, I loved the way the stream of water collected light and shadow and stretched them out like taffy.
  4. Look for interesting textures of patterns with your macro lens. This will help you notice details that may not always stand out to your naked eye.

Feel free to share your own ideas about how to go about finding interesting macro subjects.

About Author Varina Patel

There is nothing more remarkable to me than the power of nature. It is both cataclysmic and subtle. Slow and continuous erosion by water and wind can create landscapes every bit as astonishing as those shaped by catastrophic events – and minuscule details can be as breathtaking as grand vistas that stretch from one horizon to the other. Nature is incredibly diverse. Burning desert sands and mossy riverbanks… Brilliant sunbeams and fading alpenglow… Silent snowfall and raging summer storms… Each offers a unique opportunity. I am irresistibly drawn to the challenge of finding my next photograph, and mastering the skills required to capture it effectively.