Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Small is Beautiful

Fargo, North Dakota.

This week, Amy asks us to share those small things that attract our attention (those of us who like to dabble in macro photography anyway). Her challenge is pretty ‘open-ended’ asking that we simply share our images that fit our own concept of “small is beautiful.” You can read her entire challenge post here. Over the last few years, I’ve dabbled in macro photography, especially since the purchase of a 16-300mm lens. With it almost fully extended, the images it creates are truly full-featured macro photography. In the opening photo, dew on a prairie grass gathers along a single spider web and around the plant.

Stepping out of our house in Fargo one day, I noticed this interesting spider. This is a common garden spider, a colorful species and harmless to humans. The web being made was attached to the steel siding on our condo exterior wall.

Regular readers here will probably recognize the dragonfly featured for my last image in this challenge. It is one of my favorite macro photos. The sharpness and fine detail in the transparent wings demonstrates the sharpness of the lens even at a high magnification level. In most browsers, you can click on an image to enlarge it.

John Steiner

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