Macro Photography DOF or Depth of Field is such a challenge.  As the magnification increase, the depth of field decrease and the resulting sharp zone bcome thin like a razor blade.  This in turn creates opportunity for nice background blur.

Macro Photography DOF: How to get the most of it?

On some Saturday morning summer, I am a thief going through my garden with scissors frantically cutting flowers.  Most of the time I do not really looked at my precious findings in details until back in my macro studio.

A macro photography studio is something so easy to do.  A table top with a stool and some artificial light or a north facing window is all you need to start experimenting.  This is a great way to learn about composition, texture, colors and lighting!

I am use to chose the full magnification  and move the flower or camera instead of using the focusing ring on my crop sensor body.  I then slowly rotate the flowers to find a nice composition while looking through the viewfinder.  At such Magnification it is really hard to foresee what a picture would look like otherwise.

Doing so I often find little gems.  On this early morning in June, these physocarpus diabolo flowers were different.  The dew point created all these very little water droplet on a flower that is just a few millimeters wide.  You can imagine how surprised I was to see this through the lens!  You can’t get this by spraying water!

In Macro Photography it is extremely difficult to see the result by looking at something with our own eyes.  The depth of field is not the same, the details are not there.  Putting the camera on live view and slowly rotating the flowers while looking at the viewfinder was such a discovery for me.  Live view enables us to see the sharp zone and the aesthetic quality of the out of focus area.  Also known as bokeh.

Leveraging Macro Photography DOF

In this image I deliberately chose to keep an open space on the right side.  I also ensure that the open flowers lead the viewer from the lower left to the upper right of the frame.  The darker open space is acting like a wall and bring back the viewer on the subject.  The small clumps of unopened flowers is also of interest.  With flowers you can portrait the past, present and future in a single frame.

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All flowers at a perfect stage of maturity would not create such an impression.  When I cut this small clump of flower from the physocarpus, I had very little hope.  This shrub is not really known for its flower.  Today, this picture is framed and hang on my wall in my bedroom.  Printed and framed at 20 x 30 inches it is great!

About yourself, are you venturing in Macro Photography DOF extremes?  Are you an early morning thief?