Friendly Friday Challenge – Close Examination

Explore the finer details of your photos through Close Examination.

Use Macro Mode, Zoom in, (a little), or crop afterwards to take macro and close-up photographs.

beard of a schnauzer dog
They are not called Schnauzers for nothing. ‘Schnauze’ means muzzle in German.

This photo was a little too close for comfort.

geiser Iceland
Waited for a while to capture this one

Photographic Tips – Improving your Macro Photography

  • Check the composition of your photo
  • Take multiple shots
  • Use Manual mode or focus if you can
  • Stabilize your camera as much as possible – (a tripod or solid base helps)
  • Move the subject, not the camera
  • Try adding the effect of different backgrounds
  • Check your depth of field for focusing

I got a bit fancy with the Canva templates, but the close-up, above, of the little mushrooms, were very worthwhile to highlight. So delicate sitting atop their thin stalks, they appeared to defy gravity.

And now for a slideshow of flowers:-

  • Snow pea insect
  • cape gooseberry in paper case
  • burst of colour

I added a frame around the pumpkin leaves. It may have been edited with Snapseed, but it is from my archives, so I can’t be sure. I do like the way you can see the furry hairs on the pumpkin leaves. Glaucous is the botanic name for hairy leaves, I think.

Pumpkin leaves in macro
It is all about the detail

“Taking pictures is savouring life intensely

every hundredth of a second.”

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Close Examination Prompt

Now it is your turn to write a Friendly Friday post with the theme, “Close Examination.”

Don’t forget to tag your post and link with a pingback here, so all readers can find your post.

Sandy, will have another great prompt for you next week.

Join the Friendly Friday Challenge.

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73 thoughts on “Friendly Friday Challenge – Close Examination”

    1. Hi Graham, Thank you for joining in on Friendly Friday. Yes, that is the Geyser that erupts frequently. Every 20 minutes or so in Thingvellir National Park in Iceland. I find it fascinating that a geological phenomenon can be so predictable, where all other activity – earthquakes, volcanoes etc is random.
      Have you been to either Yellowstone or Iceland?


  1. Thank you for this opportunity to think about close-ups and various ways to achieve this. My favourite capture of yours is the pencil shavings – it took me a very close look to figure out what they were; initially they looked like something very interestingly abtract.

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    1. Do you know, Ju-Lyn, I thought that photo was candle wax. It is an old photo, so I am not sure now exactly what it is. You say pencil shavings and you could be right. I have described it as “pink macro.” So that doesn’t confirm anything.


  2. Another wonderful post and a great collection, Amanda. I don’t know which photograph I liked the most!! Probably the adorable pup in the beginning:) And the one at the end…are those shaved wax? I remember doing a thing with candles once …I had a peeler with somewhat curvy blade and I had done this ‘experiment’ to see what type of was strips I could get if I used that peeler! I am trying hard to remember what may have prompted me to do such a strange thing but memory fails me at the moment. Here’s my link for the week-

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    1. Hi Moon! Would you have been making beeswax wraps with the shaved wax? or a candle out of remnants of another candle? The funny thing is I can’t remember what I was doing with the shaved wax either as it was a few years ago that I took this photo. Great to see you contributing to Friendly Fridays.

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