I know some people like to get perspective by backing up and looking at the big picture. I find comfort in looking at something close up. Noticing a tiny, beautiful detail about a child who is having a moment is like focusing in close on a weed in the yard. It doesn’t make it go away, but it no longer looks like a problem.
I mentioned in a recent post that I’m using my 100mm macro lens more because my 50mm isn’t working. (It is on it’s way right now to be repaired.) Most of the time I just use the 100mm and back way, way, way up. At a distance, it’s not wildly different than a 50mm.
These photos are examples of letting the macro lens shine. When I think of macro photography I usually think of bugs and flowers. I like bugs and flowers but I love children. So, I was looking for good kid/macro subjects. I tried a few other things up close (chalky fingers and a scraped knee), but I liked my niece’s eyelashes and freckles best.