Getting down & dirty with your cameraphone.......
In Macro Mode With the Magic of Mushrooms
If my title happened to get your heart racing and your palms sweaty, you will be sorely disappointed, and I apologize for that. This article is nothing more than discussing the use of macro mode on your digital camera or your cameraphone for catching close up shots of smaller or detail oriented photo opportunities!
This past weekend provided me the opportunity to observe and record a yearly phenomenon on the forested floor in front of our cabin at the lake. It only occurs once or twice during the summer depending on our rainfall totals, and this August has so far been bountiful in the rainfall amount for our area. And so the magic happened in front of our eyes and I took my 2012 Motorola Droid Razr Maxx Smartphone smack dab into the dirt to catch some of these fairy like shrooms that were magically appearing left and right.
If your camera has a macro setting, you can experiment with tiny objects and find the "sweet spot" of distance from the lens to the object where the perfect image resides, usually somewhere between 4-8 inches on a lot of smartphones and digital cameras. Next time you are suffering writers block or need a break from WA, grab your smartphone or digital camera and give the macro function a try. Whether in your garden, lakeside, trail-side, or city side, you will find something worthy of taking photos of, with this fascinating form of photography!
In nature photography such as this, prepare to get down and dirty with your subject, for to get those really special shots, you must sacrifice your body to get into some of the positions needed. I spent 2 hours taking 158 photos of shrooms and by the time I was finished, I was soaking wet with mud, sweat, and tears, from contorting my body around trees, through brush, and standing on a steep slope in weird positions while maintaining shot composure.
I hope you found this article interesting and informative in some small way, and if you have never gotten into macro, give it a "shot" sometime, just don't be surprised if you become hooked!
Jack Perry :)