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AG0034 - Bluebell Bokeh
(by Art G)

(The copyright signature will not appear on the final printed product)
This print is available (UK only) in the following sizes:

36" x 24" Canvas (no border) - £74.99
24" x 16" Canvas (no border) - £54.99
18" x 12" Canvas (no border) - £39.99

*All canvases come with a 20mm frame and reversed edge as standard.
24" x 16" Giclee Print (plus 2" border) - £56.99

15" x 10" Giclee Print (plus 1.5" border) - £41.99
12" x 8" Welsh slate (no border) - £34.99

(free P&P in UK)

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The world of macro photography is indeed a fascinating one, allowing you to get in so close and see detail you wouldn't even be able to see with the naked eye. My lens of choice is my Tamron 90mm f2.8 macro lens, however I started with the usual cheaper options, and if you are considering having a go yourself, this is where I would suggest you start yourself while you decide if it is for you or not - some people just don't have the patience, and it can get pretty expensive.

True macro photography is defined as producing 1:1 (lifesize) reproduction (or greater) of the subject matter on the camera's sensor. So if you have a flower which is say 24mm across, it will be 24mm across on the sensor... Full Frame sensors measure approx 36mm by 24mm, so the flower would take up all of the sensor height and two thirds of the width.

Whilst many lenses are marked as having 'macro' capability, they in fact are not macro lenses - giving far less than 1:1 reproduction, with most barely  capable of producing half lifesize images. It is possible to get close to true macro by using extension tubes, bellows or macro filters (basically a magnifying glass). So if you have a 50mm kit lens for example, adding 50mm of extension tubes will typically bring you to around four fifths lifesize, add on a macro filter and you could even be slightly over 1:1. Adding extension tubes and filters will enable you to focus much closer than normal, however you will lose infinity focus at the same time, so don't forget to remove them if you want to take a 'normal' photograph.

The frustrating part for many is the extremely narrow Depth of Field (how much is in focus) with macro photography, often as low as fractions of milimetres. You will notice that any movement of the lens either side to side, up and down, or in and out will render an out of focus subject... even the act of breathing will impact on your ability to take the photograph. Short of recommending you hold your breath (which is necessary when shooting hand held) it is worth investing in a tripod or a bean bag in order to steady your shot.

Extension tubes can be picked up for as low as 12 quid on Amazon, but do make sure the ones you get have electronic connections so you are able to change your aperture (not necessary if you have a fully manual lens). Bellows come in at around twenty to thirty quid, and filters are a little more expensive still. For this photograph I added a Raynox 150 filter (£55) to my Tamron, giving me approximately 1.5:1 reproduction. This was one of the first bluebells I saw this year, in my neighbours front garden, and the narrow DoF mean't that ALL of the green leaves in the background were out of focus giving a very creamy bokeh.

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