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    Artistic macro photography?

    Anyone have examples of what they would consider artistic macro photography?

    Most macros I have seen fall in two catagories. 1. Insects, which are are very exotic when viewed up close but otherwise ordinary. 2. Small man-made objects, like watches and circut boards. None of the macro photos have stirred an emothional respose in me.

    In fact I challenge readers to find any macro photo which would be considered more artistic than technically difficult.

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    Weston's work. Where can I claim my prize for winning the challenge?
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    "One of the most singular characters of the hyposulphites, is the property their solutions possess of dissolving muriate of silver and retaining it in considerable quantity in permanent solution" — Sir John Frederick William Herschel, "On the Hyposulphurous Acid and its Compounds." The Edinburgh Philosophical Journal, Vol. 1 (8 Jan. 1819): 8-29. p. 11

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    For the record I would consider westons peper as too large to be considered a macro, but others may differ.

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    ah I see you beat me to it. I havent seen to much of his other work. Anything else on the small scale that is worthwhile?

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    I suggest you look a little harder, try Edward and Brett Weston, Ansel Adams, Paul Caponigro, Ruth Bernard, Michael A. Smith, Paula Chamlee, and Minor White to start. You'll enjoy it. Best. Shawn

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    Dare I invite you to view one of my own humble efforts?
    http://www.apug.org/gallery/showphot...66&ppuser=3714
    Most macro shots are of course done for scientific/technical purposes, but if you can get away from that mindset, I think the macro field has a lot of creative possibilities!

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    Felice Frankel:

    http://web.mit.edu/felicef/

    I am not as enthusiastic about the "Envisioning Science" book as most reviewers (it's very thin, too repetitive of her greatest hits, and padded with half-baked lessons in photography). But, she is an artist in every sense of the word.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darinwc View Post
    For the record I would consider westons peper as too large to be considered a macro, but others may differ.
    Not the peppers, but his artichokes in particular are taken much closer than the peppers. Weston made a whole salad, not just peppers.
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    The upcoming issue of Emulsion Magazine is devoted to macro photography. Having seen the proofs, I would highly recommend getting a copy.
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    Technology is not a panacea. It alone will not move your art forward. Only through developing your own aesthetic - free from the tools that create it - can you find new dimension to your work.

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    Check out Karl Blossfeldt`s work. Fantastic botanical macro. Andreas Feininger also produced some very interesting images. Spanish photographer Emili Godez was doing stunning macro work in the 1930`s
    Today I haven`t found many impressive B&W macro photographers, but there`s quite an array of people doing color work. Rosamond Wolff Purcell is a great example.
    Tough challenge.

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