Our camera club was meeting last night at the Indianapolis Art Center and the topic was macro or close-up photography. This was as much workshop as lecture and a lot of people were inside taking close-ups of small objects. This is a great technique for seeing what is very small and not at all obvious to the eye busy with other sights. They were using flash and other artificial lights because it was rather dark in there. Because I don’t usually like to shoot with anything but natural light, I got out of their way and went outside. They were having a good time and doing fine work. I would find my good time outside.
I can’t tell you what kind of flowering tree this is, there are many species at the Art Center. But I did find it hugely attractive. At the time, it said “Japanese garden” to me. Getting it home and seeing it on the screen brought out a larger story.
I had started reading Jonah Lehrer’s “Imagine” the other day and this image contributed one understanding of what Mr. Lehrer was talking about. His book is about creativity. It brings in neuropsychology, personality, “mental illness” and many other areas of research in trying to better understand this most precious and human capacity that, truly, is so dimly understood. One of his points is that it’s not just the case that creativity can take any number of paths but that there are many kinds of creativity. Let’s leave it at that for the present so we can get on with this post. Read the book.
When I first saw the tree I thought I would eliminate the building and just show the tree with perhaps some flowers at the bottom. But the more I looked at it, the more I thought the building was contributing to the image. The horizontal lines in the wall and the vertical drain pipe form a frame for the tree. But while most of the tree fits within the boundaries of the frame, some of it doesn’t. And that is one part of what a lot of creativity is about. It fits to some extent in the conventional frame of reference but at the same time is moving out of the frame. If it catches on with the populace, the frame might expand.
This was not macro photography but it was made with a 100 mm f/2.8 Canon macro lens. This translates into “good lens”. More on macro work tomorrow.