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Category Archives: Macro photography

An Exhibition not to miss. Microsculpture by Levon Biss

I know I only just blogged about this but at the weekend I went to see the exhibition by Levon Biss at The Museum of Natural History in Oxford. Yes I know you realise it was madness, the place was full of kids and I could have gone any day of the week when the little ones were at school but there you are I had time, it was a nice day to ride my bike and I had an hour or two spare. I had seen Levon’s pictures on screen, zoomed into them a bit and was wowed but I was not prepared for the size of the images on display, the multi-coloured grasshopper thing is about 4m wide and the jewel bug thing the same high, these are huge and utterly fantastic. What is more they have the actual specimens that were photographed to make the photographic images on display they are literally this big XXX I am not one for exaggeration and any form of wild life photography leaves me cold but the techniques involved, the precision and quality of work is breath taking. When you go, and you must, then make sure you listen to the video explanation and do have a play with the touch screen thing.

It is at The Museum of Natural History, Parks Road, Oxford. Here is a link to the previous post with all the exhibition details








Kim Leuenberger – photographer


The BBC website has an article on photographer Kim Leuenberger. 

Kim Leuenberger is covering the Goodwood Revival, which starts on Friday, where she will be photographing some of the most expensive cars ever produced, as well as capturing the nostalgia of motoring. Yet she is more used to shooting far smaller models – toy cars set in the landscape.

The series, called Travelling Cars, began more than four years ago when, having received a camera for her birthday, Leuenberger took some pictures of toys, including the blue van as seen above, for a project to raise awareness about autism that was running on image-sharing platform Instagram.

“When I posted on Instagram the feedback was so positive that I continued taking that blue van everywhere I travelled. Then with time, I bought more cars,” says Leuenberger .




You can read the full article here or better still visit Kim’s website and see more quirky pictures featuring toy cars and and landscapes.

99 Common Photography Problems (and how to solve them)

From Digital Camera World.

You know how so many of these types of lists are full of useless information, well this one on the first page addresses questions I am regularly asked in class which means it is a really useful list. How about full frame sensor or cropped sensor, or micro four thirds or the same but without the micro bit or how many focussing points do you really need? All good questions. Go here for some answers


Natural History Museum Oxford – Wildlife Photographer of the Year & Imaging Workshop

I had a brilliant day on Saturday teaching macro photography as part of the NHM Imaging Workshop. Working with my colleague Scott Billings we taught four groups how to use their dslr cameras for macro photography. We set up four different stations with different lighting techniques to enhance the wonderful specimens, fossils, minerals and crystals available from the museum’s teaching archives.

In between the class groups I was able to have another look at the Wildlife Photographer of The Year Exhibition staged at the NHM. This is such a brilliant location for the exhibition that it is a must for anyone interested in wildlife photography, but hurry it closes soon

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