Getting close / Как стать ближе

This photo was an attempt to see how far I could take photography with my Olympus Stylus 1s set in macro mode, which is fixed at 42 mm.

This crop shows actual, 1:1 pixels:

Olympus Stylus 1s, 42mm, ISO100, f5.6, 1/200s

The shot was taken hand-held. Not bad at all for an all-round camera and lens, I think. My Olympus XZ-1 can get a little closer, though, but its macro mode is fixed at 28mm.

One of the benefits of using a smaller camera is that you get more depth of field than you would with most SLRs. Some people seem to like shallow depth of field, often mistakenly called "bokeh", but for animal photography it is far too arty-farty for me; I like to see what struck me on a photo, not two eyes in a field of blur.

At the very least, I want to be able to choose where I put the depth of field, instead of being limited by the camera and lens to a tiny slice of sharp reality.

Here's the whole shot:

Olympus Stylus 1s, 42mm, ISO100, f5.6, 1/200s

You need to get quite close to shoot at 42mm, and that isn't always possible, so I usually shoot at 100 to 200mm first, to get at least a decent shot before I try to get closer. You get more depth of field at 42mm to play with, of course.

If you move slowly and silently enough, dragonflies and even lizards let you get very close, like this one, shot at 28mm! Note that the whole animal was just 8cm (3.1") long:

Olympus XZ-1, 28mm, ISO200, f8, 1/100s

This one was watching me far too closely, so I kept my distance and went to maximum zoom for the little camera I was carrying, choosing a more limited depth of field by going to f4 :

Olympus XZ-1, 112mm, ISO100, f4, 1/100s

If you know what you are doing, and let them get used to you, distance isn't a problem, and they may even come to you, like this one did:

Some patience required.

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