Often when I read about macro photography and taking close-up images in books and online, the macro tips involve shooting at narrow apertures with extreme depth of field in order to capture as much detail as possible. Seeing the tiny hairs on a spider’s head is fascinating to me, but the macro I truly love is that which is taken with a wide open aperture and little depth of field. I love how the majority of the image is a beautiful soft blur and just a small part is sharp and in focus.
I know my style breaks the rules of macro a bit, but sometimes breaking the rules makes things a little more interesting and a lot more fun. I decided to start an 8-week macro monday series of images that focuses on the idea of “soft.” Each of these images was taken at the Cottage Gardens of Petaluma in Petaluma, California, which is one of my favorite nurseries with the nicest staff and some of the prettiest of plants — especially succulents!
This first image in the SOFT series is a tiny drop of water nestled in the leaves of a succulent plant. It reminds me of a little infant being held and protected by its mother, cradled in her arms.
Also, as suggested by a fellow blogger, if anybody would like to share a SOFT macro image of their own, please do so in the comment section with a link to your image. I look forward to seeing your images!