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Macro photography truly is a unique form of art. It brings into focus the minuscule aspects of our world that are typically too small to notice or see. A typical and insignificant part of our day is suddenly given new life and vibrancy, providing a greater understanding of the smaller world that surrounds us. As the following images demonstrate, we can finally see the extraordinary details that were hidden before photography became possible.
London has many great locations to take a decent photograph. After a day of exploring London I've put together a collection of some of the best places and example photos taken at each location.
I used a Canon 1DS Mark 1 digital SLR, with a Canon 17-40mm L lens for the majority of photos, I also used a tripod which was very handy once it started getting dark. It's possible to balance a camera on flat surfaces a lot of the time, however this isn't always the case.
The San Francisco International Photography Exhibition is still accepting submissions up until May 8th 2013, and it's open to anyone and everyone
There's some pretty great monetary prizes if you win, namely, $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000 for first, second and third place respectively. This sounds like a great opportunity to sift through your photography portfolio and dig out some of your best!
Here's another competition to get your cameras into. The kennel club in the UK have launched the dog photographer of the year competition for 2013. It's a free to enter competition and its open to amateur and professional photographers alike.
It doesn't look like there's a wealth of prizes if you're the chosen winner, namely trophies, rosettes and possibly a lovely dog collar, but the prestige and warm feeling knowing you've taken a brilliant photograph appreciated by the masses must be reward enough surely!
I was fortunate enough to visit the London 2012 Olympics during the athletics, so thought it would be an ideal opportunity to try out the Canon 50D (thanks James). I've previously tested out both the Canon 40D, and Canon 60D, so putting the 50D through its paces seemed like a good idea!
I took with me my trusty Sigma 70-300mm telephoto lens, as well as the Canon 17-40mm F4L for any wide-angle shots.
Well worth a look is Matthew Albanese's work titled Strange Worlds. Browsing through his impressive photo collection you could easily be mistaken that these are actual locations rather than tiny sets created in a photography studio. Truly breathtaking.
Here's another photography competition, along the theme of trees. The top prize is $400 however it costs $20 to submit 4 photos. The deadline for entry is 27th May 2013.
More details can be found on this website
If you're fortunate to live near some stunning mountain scenery or perhaps you're about to head off on your travels, then have a look at this tutorial over at Nature photographers. It's a great little tutorial covering the main points of photographing mountains and mountain ranges.