You know that feeling you get in your gut when you enter your first photo club competition? The knot in your stomach hearing the judge describe the out-of-focus foreground and the glaring, blown out hotspot? The frustration as the judge promptly throws your image out of the competition? Well this month that guy is going to be me at the Loudoun Photo Club in Ashburn, Virginia.
Toward the end of last year I was invited to judge at the Loudoun Photo Club on March 28th for their themed competition Macro and Close-up. I was pleased to see that they had added “Close-up” to the theme, since too few people have the actual gear to do macro work.
Technically macro means 1:1 to 10:1 in relation of the image on the sensor to the subject size. To achieve this a lens must be capable of focusing extremely closely, or you can use a wide angle lens and a reversing ring. Most photographers I know don’t have either in their camera bags.
Anyway, if you want to come hear me critique some images, I should be at The George Washington University Virginia Campus in Ashburn, VA at 7:00 pm on March 28th.