I’m happiest when I have my macro lens on my camera. Yes, I love macro and close up photography. But Patti is correct in this week’s challenge of getting close and closer. Getting close to the subject changes the story slightly. My images are cropped sections of a larger area, but I believe the feeling is the same.

To begin, we visited the Manetti Shrem Museum, an art museum on the U. C. Davis campus. More than what’s inside, I love the exterior. All the lines and angles. They can also be found inside. The first image shows some of the exterior as seen from the hall in the museum. The second photo is cropped in to show more of the detail in the metal. The shadows also add design to the image.

The second set shows a winter scene at Donner Lake. Photographed from the roadside, the long, curved driveway invites the viewer toward the home. I drastically cropped in the image to show the window and its reflection which creates a design of its own. I’m glad we can crop in a photo and respect the owner’s property.

Next we have a path at Fort Ross on the California Coast. Uncropped it shows a winding path leading through a tree umbrella. Cropped, the focus is on the detail of the trees.

Last we have an old farm building. This was taken at one of the Yolo Art and Ag Project farm visits. In the landscape a photographer is taking a picture of the same building. In the close up, I focused on the window. Processing it in black and white added a more realistic quality to the age of the building. Do you think the photographer was doing the same thing?

Thank you Patti for showing us how getting closer can change the look, feel and story of an image. And thank you Tina for encouraging us to find our oddest ends last week. Next week, Ann-Christine will lead our challenge. Please remember to link to Patti’s post and tag Lens-Artists so we can find your post in the WordPress Reader.

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39 thoughts on “Lens-Artist Challenge #190: Close and Closer

  1. I like what you did to the close up of the window shutters on the old barn – the edit does give it the age – and seeing the barn far away did have that very different feel


  2. A delightful group of photos for this challenge, Anne. I, too, am glad I have the software to crop photos because I haven’t bought really long lenses because of the weight of them.

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    1. Thank you Pat! I do have an old 300 mm lens for my Nikon D7100. But I typically use my two Fuji lenses if I’m not photographing wildlife. You’re right the long lenses are heavy!


      1. As I am aging I am going with a lighter camera and lens. I do enjoy using my 50 mm prime. Instead of zooming, I have to actually move and it is sharp enough that I can crop successfully.

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  3. Nice work, Anne. This is one of the advantages of a long zoom lens – you can get close without getting close. I like to use one for flowers! The abstractions you can get with cropping is so much fun, too; some of my favorites are like you have done here – a single detail. Nice work!

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    1. Thanks -N! Actually, I was shooting with an 18 – 55 mm lens. The Fujifilm is so good that I’m able to crop in and keep detail. There will be more when I finish editing.


  4. Great set of photos Anne! I can see exactly why you love to photograph that museum – I would too ๐Ÿ˜€ And I love the B&W photo of the barn window – the edit really brings out the texture of the wood.

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  5. Hi Anne

    Your path at Fort Ross on the California Coast is so inviting, I would like to walk along there, too! Your images of the Manetti Shrem Museum are fascinating โ€“ I would never have guessed that to be metal, it looked like fabric to me. There is a mystique to Donner Lake and your photos bring out great detail.

    Hereโ€™s my take on LAPC 190: Close and Closer:

    Beautiful Great Blue Heron… Not Just Another Pretty Face

    Best, Babsje

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