Macro Photography from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College (NSAC)

In May of 2010, I had the chance to visit the rock garden, greenhouse & nursery, and campus of the Nova Scotia Agricultural College (NSAC) in Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada. I brought my digital SLR with macro filters and these were some of the photos I got.

For my efforts, I’d say I did OK. Macro photography is challenging if you don’t do it often, especially trying to gauge depth of field so as much stays in focus as possible, or the bits that you want to be in focus is in focus. Through the eyepiece, it’s all in focus but that’s not how it turns out. How to compensate for that with multiple shots at different settings, in hopes one is the perfect one, or being able to track ants and bees as they appear on “rapid fire” sequences just to get them, never mind focus, makes it all the funner.

When opening the photos, each is a moment of anticipation on its own because the thumbnails generally look pretty good. That’s because most photos look good at the size of your thumb. At screen resolution over 6 feet high, well, that’s another matter. The details really get exposed. But when they turn out, man, do they ever turn out!

The photos below are small to load faster, but they should give you an idea of what I’m talking about. I have a printable 6″ x 4″ version of each at 300 dpi, if not larger. Of course, on screen, it’s at least 16 times as large (at least 4X wider and higher)! So imagine the details and “wow factor” if you find a photo you like in the set, at 16X or larger in front of your eyes, to examine the details!

I’ll be back for more this May in just a few weeks and will come back to add to this set when I have more! In the meanwhile, I hope you’ll enjoy these.

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