Guest host Anne this week has a great discussion of some of the details and differences of micro/macro/close-up photography. Not having a formal background in photography, these are the kind of details I love learning!
Close-ups are the thing I experiment with most, because I’m still learning how to do them well. I use my phone for photos, so no macro lens.
I took like a dozen pictures of this pumpkin stem because it had a neat curlicue. I was trying from different angles with the focus in different place; I liked this shot best. The only way we learn is by practice!
My cameras and phones have never been really good enough to get good macro shots, so here are some close-ups of architecture: Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona, Spain; the capital of a Corinthian-style column in Venice; a bench wall by the sea in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
And just for fun, I was playing with my phone today, so here is a close-up of my cat Juhani.
The Galápagos fur seal (Arctocephalus galapagoensis) is one of two pinniped species native to the islands. But unlike the Galápagos sea lion, which is plentiful on the islands today, the fur seal was hunted extensively by the sailors that came to the islands and are still a rare sight today. They are currently listed as Endangered.
Fur seals are not true seals, but are instead placed in the family Otariidae (eared seals) with sea lions and walruses.