Getting up close & personal

For a long time I had a problem with the terms “macro” & “micro.”

Especially in Economics. Not among my favorite subjects back in college hehe. 😉

In photography, it’s far easier to understand them. That’s simply because the terms “macro” and “micro” are loosely used interchangeably and refer to the same thing: taking extreme close up photos of tiny subjects – tiny objects, insects, bugs or butterflies – using a dedicated true macro lens.

Nowadays, it’s common for most cameras to be able to get close up shots of small subjects. And, as a marketing ploy, camera manufacturers write “macro” in their lenses which can take close up photos.

And therein lies the confusion. For there is such a thing as  “true” and “real” macro lenses. True macro lenses allow one to take photos on a 1:1 ratio and even larger (note that you can fit and shoot the whole San Juanico Bridge and the head of a dragonfly in your camera sensor but the bridge would be extremely compressed while that of the dragonfly would be magnified).

Photos taken by true macro lenses, by design and manufacture, are very much sharper and show the tiniest details of the subject (e.g. cell patterns of the eyes of a bee or dragonfly) compared to those taken by normal lenses.

I do not have a true macro lens (yet! paging Santa!) but some of my lenses allow me to get close, real close up shots 😉

  • All photos taken using a Canon EF-S 10-22mm ultrawide(!) lens fitted with an ED-Digital Wide Converter with Macro 0.5X 77mm.
  • Taken at the soon-to-open Paru-parong Bukid Conservation Center in Brgy. Lukay, Babatngon, Leyte. Special thanks to Doc Gil & Helly Asoy!

~ by gerryruiz on 24 November 2009.

11 Responses to “Getting up close & personal”

  1. Your photos are great, but You must know it.

  2. beautiful… perfect pictures

  3. Lovely pictures, WOW! kahusay man la kitaon han mga paru-paro ngan tubak.

  4. BRAVO ka gerry. nice close up work… beautiful images…
    I used to take macro images with my old Olympus OM-10, using a standard 49mm 1.4 lens with reverse lens mount adapter. It works but focusing the images is rather hard, especially if your subject is alive and moving. I doubt if a SLR digital camera lens would work the same way (reverse ring adapter), with all the electronic contacts needed to make the digital lens work.

    • Thank you, KaEdong! I have a colleague who uses a reverse ring adapter on a 50mm prime mounted to his DSLR. You are right, you cannot use AF, only manual focusing.

  5. Very nice close up shots! May Santa grant your wish for a true macro lens! I wish it for myself too haha….

  6. Wow! Fantastic shots, Gerry. You know, I like macro photography, too…

  7. those are very beautiful photos. you’re great. 🙂

  8. great photos from a fantastic photographer!…as always, a job well done! MABUHAY ka, Gerry!

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