January Macro Matters


Its been quite a while since I last posted in my blog. I have been busy with a couple of important photographic projects, which I hope to complete later this year. There is no doubt that 2020 will be a year that few people will forget. Photographically, it has been a challenge for all of us, but let us hope this year will be the turning point and we can try to get back to some sort of normality.

I plan this year to introduce a macro photographers diary. It is my intention to write a short column each month highlighting what to look out for during that time of the year. Winter months are always that bit more challenging for many macro photographer’s, but there are always subjects to find. So I hope you will look in each month and check it out!

Sulphur Tuft Hypholoma fasciculare

Nikon D850, 200mm micro nikkor, @f/11, ISO 200, tripod.

After a week of snow and frost, temperatures are beginning to rise again. Today I took a walk into my local wood. The snow and frost were beginning to thaw. January is normally the quietest month in the macro photographer’s calendar however, there are always subjects to find if you are prepared to search. Not every image will be a game-changer but’s it’s important to keep up your motivation and your skill level.

I came across this tiny Sulphur Tuft that was just over a cm high. The melting snow added an extra dimension to what would have been an ordinary image. There were also several other fungi still about most of them quite small.


Moss Polytrichum species Seed Pods

Nikon D850, 200mm micro nikkor, @f/11, ISO 200, tripod.

Mosses are another excellent subject during the winter months when they are at their best. I found this small group of seed pods growing on a branch. I carefully removed a single seed pod that was lying across the front of the others without touching the melting ice.

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