with Lorelle and Brent VanFossen

Gallery of Closeup Images

Tree blossoms, photograph by Lorelle VanFossen
With the tree blossoms as an out-of-focus background, they seem to echo the three blossoms in focus in the upper corner.
Tree blossoms with green background, photograph by Lorelle VanFossen
Focusing on the tree blossoms and using the green field beyond as a neutral, relaxing background, this photograph puts all the interest on the blossoms.
Baby Blue Eyes, photograph by Brent VanFossen
Using the out-of-focus flowers in the foreground, the distractions around this baby blue eyes are gone, simplifying the image.
Owl butterfly, photograph by Lorelle VanFossen
The distinctive pattern on the wing of the owl butterfly catches the eye of the predator away from the real eye of the butterfly, a good defensive technique.
Convict cichlid protecting her eggs, photograph by Brent VanFossen
Our living room aquarium allowed us to photograph a mother convict cichlid protecting her eggs, positioned against the front of the glass.
Inch worm, photograph by Brent VanFossen
A cooperative inch worm posed for us in the Olympic National Park of Washington state, allowing us to spend hours photographing it.
Dafodil, photograph by Brent VanFossen
Not all closeups have to be extreme. This photograph of a dafodil stands out as the other flowers are just enough out of focus but present to represent a field of flowers just out of the picture, adding drama to the closeup.
Owl butterfly, photograph by Brent VanFossen
Since the eye on the wing of the owl butterfly is one of its most important features, we move in close to photograph it, but not on a living butterfly that wouldn’t tollerate this proximity, but on the wing of a dead butterfly.
Butterfly wing, photograph by Brent VanFossen
Bird feathers? It is a closeup of the wing of a dead butterfly. The similarity to a bird feather, even as small as this, is amazing and another example of the butterfly’s self protection.
Lupine Leaves with Frost, photograph by Brent VanFossen
Frost is a favorite subject whenever we find it, and these lupine were coated with a fine layer of frost crystals on Mt. Rainier, Washington. We used just a hint of gold reflector to bounce the low morning light onto the leaves before they melted.
Frost on leaves and grasses on the ground, photograph by Brent VanFossen
We love looking down on the ground for good photographic material and the frost outlined and enhanced this leaf against its monochromotic background.
Gooseneck Barnacles, photograph by Brent VanFossen
Sea creatures are wonderful closeup subjects, when you can get close enough. Barnacles, mussels and clams, like these gooseneck barnacles along the Pacific Northwest (US) coast, are the more cooperative of the nature subjects we photograph.
Newt, photograph by Brent VanFossen
Almost hidden in the undergrowth, we spotted this newt among the mosses and lichens and used a reflector and fill flash to overcome the low light to photograph this charming fellow.
End of a pine tree branch, photograph by Brent VanFossen
The spiral pattern in the end of a pine tree is fascinating as it slowly opens up the new growth into the pine needles we are accustomed to seeing. Brent propped this branch with a second tripod to keep it from blowing in the wind.
Poppy bloom, photograph by Brent VanFossen
Blurring green leaves and another fallen poppy in the foreground, Brent was able to isolate this poppy blossom from the distractions.
Edge of a Poppy, photograph by Brent VanFossen
Looking side of an orange poppy flower, shapes become textures and patterns rather than a photograph of a flower. We used closeup diopters to get inside the flower.
Red-legged frog, Washington State, photograph by Brent VanFossen
Frogs are being more and more endangered and they are a favorite subject of ours, when they cooperate. This frog isn’t much bigger than a US half dollar hiding in the damp moss.
Tulips with water droplets, photograph by Lorelle VanFossen
Flowers are always favorite close up subjects and water drops on flowers make them more interesting. We fought the pouring rain and blowing wind among the Tulip Fields of the Skagit Valley, Washington, to photograph these wet tulips.
Yellow crab spider in flower, photograph by Brent VanFossen
Look in, over, under, and around plants for delightful insects such as this yellow crab spider hiding in a flower like the stamen, waiting for prey to land.
Butterfly, photograph by Brent VanFossen
Butterflies offer unique challenges for photography, especially closeup photography, because they move so fast. Photograph them when they are still cold and damp from the early morning and they will hold still for you.
Red peppers, Carmel Market, Tel Aviv, Israel, photograph by Lorelle VanFossen
We love foreign markets for their closeup possibilities and found these wonderful red peppers in the Carmel Market in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Closeup of frost, photograph by Brent VanFossen
Frost alone can make for an interesting subject of pattern and texture. This particular kind of frost is called “hoar frost”, which is several days of unmelted frost building upon itself.
Mushroom - toadstools, photograph by Brent VanFossen
We used a reflector to bounce light into the low light forest floor for these tiny mushroom toad stools in the Olympic National Park, Washington.
Butterfly crystalis, photograph by Brent VanFossen
Butterflies are fascinating to photograph, but don’t forget about what they are before they become butteflies. This is a butterfly crystalis, only a few hours before opening. Take care not to harm the crystalis as they can be fragile at this stage.
Caterpillar, photograph by Brent VanFossen
Brent photographed this caterpillar against the out-of-focus wildflowers in the background.
Driftwood, photograph by Brent VanFossen
Trees are great subjects for closeups as they offer an entire world to explore within their textures. This is a piece of twisted driftwood well-lit with the sunset light on the beach.
Beattle in flower, photograph by Brent VanFossen
Bugs and insects of all kinds are fasinating to watch and photograph as they explore nature looking for food, such as this beattle wandering through a flower. The pollen collects to the beattle and it transports it to another flower for fertilization.
Green and purple shorecrab, photograph by Brent VanFossen
Brent worked with this green and purple shorecrab for some time along the Oregon coast as it ducked in and out of its barnacled hole.
Water droplet off a huckleberrry, photograph by Brent VanFossen
After the rain, look for water drops on everything and see what you can see within the water droplet, such as the view of the forest in this droplet off a huckleberry.
Lupine, Texas, photograph by Brent VanFossen
Using the blue flowers of the other lupine in the foreground, Brent was able to choose a depth of field to blur the foreground to highlight the lupine in the back.
 

3 Comments

  • karl
    Posted May 2, 2005 at 7:51 | Permalink

    hi, very interesting and nice pictures. well done and keep it up!!!!!!

  • Posted June 14, 2005 at 8:37 | Permalink

    A comment was accidentally deleted that needs an answer. Sorry. It was:

    >>>Which one is the female is it the one with the orange on her side (Belly)? Also, I should have a cave that they can hide?<<< The African cichlid, the striped fish with the eggs at the top of the page, is a female. Females have the orange or red spots on their sides, which become very bright when they are breeding or defensive. We raised her from a small fry and this was her second batch of babies. We put a piece of drift wood up against the very front of the glass, creating a private space, and that became the favorite place to lay eggs. This gave us an opportunity to photograph her up close with the eggs as she fanned them constantly, moving the water across their surfaces. Cichlids are very prolific breeders, so it didn't take much to encourage her. A cave is not necessary, though a glass bowl also creates a hiding place. Typically we used just pieces of slate and untreated natural wood to create "walls" for the fish to hide and move behind. Cichlids are very agressive, in general, and will fight and eat anything they can get their teeth on, so having little protected areas for them to dash behind protects them, but also gives them a place to swing out and attack other fish. Cichlids are amazing to watch.

  • Verne Nelson
    Posted August 14, 2005 at 1:18 | Permalink

    You gave me a very good intro to closeup work. I was particularly fascinated with the technique of using fallen flowers (or whatever) in the foreground to blur out a cluttered BG. The fieldwork hints on padding etc definitely make sense.. I will also be packing some reflectors in the future and, yes, I guess I have to pack a tripod…ugh.
    THANKS FOR THE HELP.

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