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Experiment with Macro Shots Macro settings, extension tubes, and lenses allow for extreme close-ups, which enlarge the minute details of a wildflower bloom and can make images more interest- ing. For example, Florida lettuce is not the most exciting wildflower. A photograph of the whole plant or even the entire blos- som head might appear dull. But an image created by the macro lens highlights the fascinating and intricate flower structure. Frankly, I had not realized the beauti- ful, complex design of this wildflower until photographing it with a macro lens. The same is true of a tall ironweed. Take warn- ing, though: macro photography can create interest, but it can also be overdone. Wild- flower photography should be more than an exercise in macro photography. Florida Lettuce Almost Human Occasionally wildflowers assume poses that are almost human. Notice, for instance, how the position of two tall coreopsis plants suggest the posture of a tender kiss. Find- ing such anthropomorphic features among wildflowers helps viewers identify with the flower, and in turn, connect with your photograph. Shoot Through Shoot through is a technique where you allow objects in front of your subject to be out of focus. These out of focus objects natu- rally frame your subject with colorful forms and shapes. Likewise objects behind your subject are left out of focus, too, creating depth to the image as well as background interest. An example of a shoot through is a lovely stand of purple coneflowers. Tall Ironweed 34 ❖ SOUTH ❖ APRIL-MAY '19