This month our camera club challenge was macro photos, taking close ups of small things outdoors. It can be tricky to do as close up photos tend to have a narrow depth of field, meaning that only part of something is in focus. A bee’s eye is looks at you sharply but its yellow rear end remains a blur.
I was bit dismayed to discover that those brilliantly clear scientific photos of insects, etc. are created from dozens of photos, each with a different body part in focus. The photos are then combined on a computer and, presto, a completely sharp result.
Of course, for this to work, the insect has to be dead and professionally cleaned. Can’t have it wriggling or smirched with dust while its portrait is being taken. All this is far beyond me. I just aimed my trusty little Sony up close, cropped out the extras and served up the result.