In the world of photography, there are very few things that can be more relaxing than nature macro work. There is something soothing about the slow nature of macro. It is not conducive to fast shooting and quick movements. On the contrary, shooting macro often falls apart if you are not entirely present in the moment. There is a sense of magic with macro too. You never know what you are going to get from the same old location you have used dozens of times. You may discover the curl of a new leaf, a lady bug that decides to stop in for a visit, or a flower bud just moments from opening. Macro can shine a light on the smallest areas and bring out details you would have missed without a little effort on your part. I just received my new Sony 90mm macro yesterday and was chomping at the bit to see what I could find hiding near my home.
The relaxation doesn't stop after capture. Processing the macro images can take on a life of its own. Part of the fun is to see the potential lurking within the pixels of an image. This image is an echinacea bud. It was lost among the full blooms jockeying for my attention in the small garden outside my kitchen window. The green bud was rather uninteresting at first glance. It was uniform in color and the pattern of twisting triangles covered in little hairy edges were not visible without the help of my 90mm macro.