When Close-Ups are a Bad Idea

With so many large zoom lenses and powerful macro lenses out there, I thought I’d give examples of when shooting up close and personal can be a bad idea… just to shake things up a bit!

I’ll even take images from my recent trip to Washington as an example.  They say it’s good to make fun of yourself once in awhile, don’t they?!!

Serious photographers, please note:  I am sure macro photography of just about anything, even spit, can be artistic and beautiful.  This post is more in the spirit of fun.

**When Close-Ups are a Bad Idea**

I am Long, I am Strong, I am Unbreakable

(That’s the drool talking!)

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Apparently, Animals Drool Too

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Holy Cow!

Now I see why.

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**When Close-Ups are a Good Idea**

For comparison’s sake, here are a few images from my trip to show when close-up shots are a good idea….

Alice In Wonderland Mushrooms

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Rain Puddle

It may seem odd that I photographed a puddle in the driveway, but I find this shot to be eerily mesmerizing.
There is just enough detail in this image to know what the weather is like that day and get a sense of the environment.

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Antique Buddha

Like a portrait of an older individual, this Buddha statue has wisdom and history in every distinctive crack.

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Self-Portrait

Oh, c’mon.  That’s funny, right?!!

I can find something interesting to photograph in just about any reflective material!

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Photography Tip:  Macro photography, or just shooting up close, is a great idea because it gives you an interesting perspective and incredible detail.  Just make sure you actually want to see the details of your subject matter!

I know I learned my lesson:  no more close-up shots of cows eating apples.  I am still trying to erase that memory from my mind.  :)

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3 Comments

  1. I want that cow….
    that puddle picture is really nice, love the reflection~

  2. SANDY JONES

    ILIKE THE PUDDLE PIC. I IS REALLY UNIQUE THE WAY THE TREE IS REFLECTED IN THE WATER.

  3. Maia: you can have that cow! After seeing it eat with that 10lb tongue and poop a mountain-size mound, I’m done with cows for awhile. I’m also on a beef and pork strike after being on a farm. Eek.