Spring is well under way now with an explosion of colour in the woodlands. A trip to a nearby bluebell wood never fails to impress me. I decided that I would only take two lenses, a 200mm macro and the 14-24mm wide-angle. I am leaning more and more now towards in situ environmental macro whenever possible. This is an area that is growing thanks to macro maestros such Paul Harcourt Davies and Clay Bolt who have done a lot to publicise this approach. They have co-authored a fascinating e-book on the subject which I suggest you check out.
As photographers we all go through phases were, we digress from the conventional approach trying to look for ways to express our subjects differently. Nearing the end of the design stage of my latest macro, publication I’m already looking for new ways to portray familiar subjects. Keeping the enthusiasm alive is important for all of us. It’s easy to fall into the trap of documenting every subject in the same way; this does little to fire one’s imagination. I only had a couple of hours in the wood but here are a few examples. Not all of them work, but you don’t get jaw droppers with every push of the shutter!