52 Wednesdays :: Close Up

It’s week 9 for 52 Wednesdays and this week’s theme is Close Up.  I was kind of excited for this week, but kind of dreading it at the same time because I actually love close up/macro photography (that might seem like a hugely contradicting sentence, but I’ll explain).  I LOVE investigating the world and all it’s intricacies from a highly magnified vantage point.  However, I’ve been seriously missing my previous ownership of a macro lens lately, and this assignment only strengthened those feelings.
I actually fell in love with my camera and photography because of macro photography.  Before Simply Splendid existed in my life I was a jewelry designer (I still am technically).  I created custom jewelry pieces with gemstones and fine metals and hated that the photographers I hired to photograph my art couldn’t seem to catch my vision of what I wanted.  So, I invested in a DSLR so that I could learn to do it myself.  Along the way, I found how much I loved photographing people and developed my capabilities  over time to where they are now.
I own a 50mm lens and an 85mm lens, which are fantastic focal lengths for photographing people; but unfortunately, I must remain at least 1.5 feet away from my subject for my camera to focus.  This means macro photography isn’t in my cards these days.  I managed this week’s project with a special magnifying filter and this is what I came up with:
I’m so thrilled to have the opportunity to introduce Ms. Amy as the next photographer in this photo circle!  She is an amazing photographer from Southern California and is the owner of A Beautiful Life Photo.  She has such a brilliant photojournalistic style, I can’t wait to see what she’s come up with this week.  You can find her here.   http://www.abeautifullifephoto.com/blog
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