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Photo of the Day, Wednesday 4 February 2009

Parakeelya in Spinifex

I'm really liking the macro function on my new 24-70 f/2.8L USM. Its an avenue of photography that I have not explored until now and I wondering why. Other than the obvious fact that bending down composing and shooting tiny little desert flowers can be a bit time consuming that is.

In his book "The Landscape Within" David Ward details the importance of the small and seemingly unimportant. He details that the small has so much to offer perhaps even more than the vista. One of the biggest differences is not scale but the lack of landscape references like a horizon, lake or mountain. Landscape features that fit the viewer into a window looking out, while with no references the viewer is free to imagine all that is and is not in the frame.

Free to imagine the wider context in which the small sits and ultimately how it constructs the grand.