Image Magic

Watching backgrounds

Willow Catkins

When I’m out and about and want to make closeup of macro images, I’m always watching out for the background. Sometimes the subject is great but the whole effect is spoiled by the background.

The kind of background you get depends a lot on the lens and the settings. Here I wanted to blur the background, so used a telephoto lens and a relatively large aperture and made sure there was lots of distance behind the subject. Anything too close will become clearer in the shot and be a distraction. 

Not only do I look at objects and distance in the background, but I love to try and get a pleasing colour range. There’s a lot to think of when bringing that camera up to your eye… 

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