Isn’t close always better than far, distant? We enjoy close relationships and being close to the finish line. OK, sometimes things can get too close for comfort. For me, that would be spiders.
When it comes to photographs, unless I’m aiming for a panoramic shot, I always think closer is better, even if it means cropping my picture when I open it on the computer. The best photos I have of my kids as babies are close-ups, featuring their beautiful blue eyes and rosy fresh skin. It’s more of a challenge today since my kids rarely sit still long enough for this type of shot, and their smiles often look more forced than candid. But I’m not giving up on these shots; I’ll probably manage to get a few when they’re a little older.
My best subject for close-ups today? Nature, especially on windless days. Here’s a picture of lupine I took a few months ago at a regional park not far from my house. I entered the park’s photo contest with it and I don’t think I won anything, but I’m still happy with the way the photo turned out.
I love taking close ups of flowers and their pollen. Sometimes you can even find a bee in there. There was a bee buzzing around on the day I took this picture but it was camera shy so it refused to make it into the shot.
As for the last picture, I took it the night of the “supermoon” in early April 2012. Clear skies and a large moon make for a great close-up.