PHOTOS: Nature Up Close

Local photographer explores macro photography.


Local photographer Tom Gillen has been testing his photo skills using macro photography; extremely up close shots.

His subject was nature and the shots are just stunning. We thought we would share.

Kings Park Patch is home to quite a few sharp photographers. Have you tried macro photography? What words of advice do you have for those about to try it?

Thanks for sharing.If you have photos you would like to share upload them to our Pics and Clips gallery or email them to jennifer.sloat@patch.com.

To see more of Tom's work visit www.facebook.com/thomasgillenphotography

Tom Gillen July 28, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Thanks for posting, Jenn. Glad you enjoyed them. There are many fine photographers in our area, I hope they chime in. For now I'll offer these tips: -use the best possible equipment you can afford! While a big fancy expensive lens won't turn you into a pro, it will certainly help you to get the most detail and quality out of your shots. All of the big camera and lens manufacturers make fine "macro" specialty lenses. Many point and shoot cameras nowadays offer a 'macro' or 'flower' setting which can also yield impressive results. -Consider renting a lens. Macros are specialty lenses and as such they are not cheap. Nowadays you can rent a lens for 1/10 the full cost....before deciding if you want to invest in some new gear. A quick internet search will bring up several companies that can accommodate you. -Tripods!! They are your best friend. You will need one if you are serious about getting quality shots. The key to Macro photography is Depth Of Field. This is how much (or how little) of the frame will be in clear focus; and this can be affected by the slightest camera movement. One of things that makes Macro photography so interesting is the fine detail in a specific part of the frame. A clear shot of a bee on a flower, with the background smoothly out of focus, will draw attention to your subject.
Tom Gillen July 28, 2012 at 11:33 PM
-And lastly, have fun and think outside the box. One of the things I enjoy most about macro photography is that it brings our everyday world to the foreground. Flowers, blades of grass, insects, and more mundane objects like a handrail, a droplet of water, or even a towel can all make for great subjects. The possibilities are endless. If you've got any questions, please feel free to email me at thomasgillenphotography@yahoo.com Happy Shooting!
Walter Keenan July 29, 2012 at 04:39 AM
Great tips, AWESOME gallery - Thank you for sharing. Perhaps we will cross paths while shooting one day.
King Pedlar July 29, 2012 at 12:41 PM
I agree, tripod being an extension of the camera and an absolute must in almost any situation for ultimate sharpness. Avoiding the hot, direct sunlight another good tip, which you've done here. Colors seem nicer, too. Hope the rain stays up in the clouds this morning; St Johnland Dog Show 9 to 3 Sunday. Probably some good photo ops.
John J. Gallagher July 30, 2012 at 11:04 AM
My NIKON P100 is the simple 10.3 megapixels "point and shoot".....and I use the "Scene" /"flower" as macro.....with the tripod....maybe I'll find some flowers in my archives to share.....I'll do photos for AOH golf outing today at Landing.....When will KP be offeriing a "Photographer Club" to join.
Tom Gillen July 30, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Thanks Walter, glad you enjoyed them. I am at Sunken Meadow and NRSP quite a bit - I'm sure we'll run into eachother. Look for the guy with the beard!
Tom Gillen July 30, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Absolutely. The tripod is invaluable; even moreso with macro in my opinion. Most people know that you want to hold your camera still to avoid 'shakey' looking photos, and lots of camera's/lenses now come with image stabilization to eliminate the need for a tripod in most situations. But with macro, the concern isn't really camera movement left to right/up and down, but rather camera movement towards or away from your subject. This is because you are working with such an intense magnification, and small movements are....well....magnified. (sorry couldn't resist) Did you go to the dog show?
Tom Gillen July 30, 2012 at 01:01 PM
The principals are the same, John. In fact many point and shoot cameras can focus closer than some SLR cameras! Frank Mercuri was talking about organizing a photo club back in the spring - I hope end up putting something together it would be great to share photos and ideas with everyone.


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