Buying my macro lens was one of the most exciting camera purchases I had made, I couldn’t wait to get home and capture the intricate details of flowers, or the close up details of a bee. Between macro and landscape photography I was always determined to get the perfect shot. Then last year David Rogers and myself attended a talk by Martin Owner and he spoke about the imperfect image. I’ve thought about that talk a lot over the last year, and how maybe purposefully degrading an image might work better than having something 100% perfect. While I still think it’s a good idea to get a good image, both technically and in your edit, sometimes it’s quite fun to take that perfect image and make it not so perfect.
I recently took some of my favorite macro images of some flowers and ran them through a few programs adding some borders and using some vintage style photo plates to create something quite interesting. I ran each image through it’s own set of filters making sure each image is unique. While some images didn’t work at all, I think the images below work really well. A few of the images are not 100% technically correct and a few images should have been deleted straight off the camera, but they seem to work well in the series below.