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Macro Week!

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Macro Photography

GrotesqueDarling13 is a passionate artist from Detroit. Her gallery is not only full of great macros but also a lot of other pieces of art from various mediums such as photography, drawings, artisan crafts and more! In this interview we get to learn more about her passion for Macro photography...

1.- What is Macro for you?
    Macro to me is almost like stepping outside the world we see every day to really take in the worlds that are over looked more then they are seen. Its always an adventure, something beautiful is always waiting to be found.

2.- What made you decide to start Macro Photography? 
     I always found Macro to be interesting and so beautiful. I followed many Macro Photographers whose works inspired me to try it for myself. And when I finally did, I had fallen in love with it.

Day 208 of 365 Project by GrotesqueDarling13
The L o v e That We Share by GrotesqueDarling13

3.- What does your Photography gear consist of when taking Macro photographs?
    My gear hasn't changed much since I began shooting Macro, which I don't see as a bad thing. I have simply perfected my technique and it works wonderfully for me. I use a few stacked Macro Filters to achieve 90% of my Macro Photos, while the other 10% of my photos are achieved using extension tubes and my Sigma 70-300mm lens. I pull these two out for mainly insect and other bug Macros. Sigma is wonderful for bees in flight.

4.- Who are your favorite Macro Photographers on DA? And your favorite Macro photographs?
    I have a few Macro Photographers who I have been following for some time now, their works amaze me every single time they upload. They help me to make my work better, because I always feel inspired by theirs.
On the tips by pqphotography 
Night web by pqphotography

Distortions II by endprocess83 
Quartz by endprocess83

Fly - sp. unknown by Mendipman 
Seven-spot Ladybird - Coccinella septempunctata by Mendipman

5.- Which of your pictures are your favorites and why?
    I have my top 3 faves from my own Macro photos. And these 3 are my favorites because I can see how much I have grown as a Macro photographer with these shots and these shots show me I can do much more then I ever thought possible. I never thought I would come this far.

Crafted Ice by GrotesqueDarling13
This is my best snowflake photo- in my eyes, because of the details and scene. I have envied others Snowflake Macro and still do, but I didn't think I could take those sort of photos. I blew myself away. I always try, I know not to doubt now.

.go where the -d a y- takes us. by GrotesqueDarling13 
I still consider Insects to my biggest challenge, Macro wise. They are so tiny and are constantly moving. So this photo of a tiny colorful fly, I really am so proud of the details I managed to capture. I love the entire photo. I find it to be so calm with the colors and such. A complete photo Nod

C o m e Alive With Me by GrotesqueDarling13
This remains one of my favorite water drop Macro photos, simply because of the set-up and how every day the set-up items were. That everything ended up working out from the background, the reflection in the drop, the colors, the details of the drop. Everything worked out better then I expected.

6.- Finally, is there any advice you could share with us on how to start with this kind of Photography?
    My biggest advice is to have patience, be creative and to think out of the box. Macro is for sure a challenge, its not something that is easy to pick up. It takes time, practice and patience- like most things. But it really takes being creative and thinking out of the box, to turn something ordinary into something simply marvelous!! If you want to take Macro shots, you will. You just gotta keep at it, develop your own style and do your own thing!!

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