FRAMES: Photo Challenge #42: Macro/Close-up (again)

It’s not that I’m out of new photo challenge ideas, no really I have a whole list of them stuck on the wall next to my desk, it’s just that this one has been requested quite a bit lately and a few shutterbugs were trying to sneak in photos of bugs for the wildlife challenge…


Photo Challenge #42 will be Macro/Close-up (again).

That’s right show me your best close-up or macro photo of things that are small (bugs, dew drops, thumbtacks, a nifty pattern of a spider web or the mini gripping “feet” of a sea star etc.)

Now even though the majority (and by majority I mean basically all) of the examples below consist of bugs and/or flowers, entries can be of just about anything, the photos below were just already in the blog system and readily post-able.

Entries don’t have to be “true” macro shots. If you have an SLR or DSLR camera system and you have a macro lens, awesome. If not just get as close as the focal length of the lens/lenses you have will allow you to get. If you prefer your point and shoot camera, almost all point and shoot cameras have the “flower” icon which is the macro shooting setting.  iPhone’s even have a pretty close focal range so get close and get snapping.

Again the key to this challenge is to GET CLOSE-UP to your subject, be it a pattern, insect or inanimate object etc.

Deadline for this challenge will be Monday, August 22, 2011.

Your real name must be located somewhere (be it in the title, taken by or description field) of your entry, I will not print any photos with cyberspace usernames for names.

You can take a look at the “stand-outs” from last year’s macro challenge HERE.

Here are some shots from our archives for inspiration:

Meegan M. Reid

The color of fall brightens up a spider web full of morning dew on Tuesday. LARRY STEAGALL | KITSAP SUN

Meegan M. Reid

Larry Steagall

A bee collects pollen in a sunflower at Blueberry Park in Bremerton. (Meegan M. Reid | Kitsap Sun)

Meegan M. Reid

Meegan M. Reid

Meegan M. Reid

Derek Sheppard

Derek Sheppard


***To recap: Every week we will post a new photography “challenge” to help build on all of our current photography skills and to encourage everyone to get out and get shooting (cameras not guns). While we encourage you to shoot the challenge in the week that it is assigned, we will however accept entries taken prior to the challenge assignment date.

When you’ve got your favorite shot, login to the Kitsap Sun Your Media Site (if you don’t already have a login, you can quickly set it one up) or click the “Kitsap Frames Photo Challenge Entries” button over there on the right side of the page and upload your image to the Kitsap Frames Photo Challenge Channel (the channels run along the left hand side of the page, again if you can’t seem to get it into the channel just upload it normally and send me an email and we’ll move it).

5 thoughts on “FRAMES: Photo Challenge #42: Macro/Close-up (again)

  1. Hi Meegan,
    What do you mean by “tried to sneak in bugs” for the Wildlife Challenge; bugs are “wild” and they are “alive” and I think they are 100% wildlife. Yeah, you are correct; I submitted bugs!
    Patti Wilson

    1. Oh Patti I most certainly wasn’t picking on your bugs! I’m just taking a “wildlife technicality” stand so I can include them in this challenge instead. 🙂

  2. I’ve been shooting and shooting, well after work last night and before dinner, hopefully I’ll have a something to submit! 🙂 So much fun!

    1. Oh you better have something to submit or THAT IS IT you will be banned from even looking at the Frames blog! 😉

  3. You might ban me if I do submit any. I’ve just gone threw hundreds, maybe even just over a thousand I’ve taken since the 9th. I’m only at stage one of process of elimination. I sort get a little obsessive compulsive but hey! It’s fun! I’m telling myself to not take anymore. yeah right. 🙂

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