Martin’s Micro Macro

Food & beverage team member Martin van der Meyden is known for attention to detail. His passion for macro photography reveals a whole new Scenic World — a stunning microcosm rich in colour, form and texture. Check out the full gallery here.

How long have you been practicing macro photography?

About six years. It all started when I got my first digital camera — though a major discovery about a year ago gave me greater variety and brought me closer than I could ever have imagined.

What sparked your interest in looking at the world from this angle?

My first compact digital camera, a Fujifilm FinePix F650 6Mpix, which had macro and super macro capacity. Aside from that I have always been fascinated with the macro environment, in particular those awesome scenes in many nature documentaries.

Where are your favourite spots for macro photography at Scenic World?

Furber Steps, Witches Leap and surrounding tracks.  Before or after work there a times when the mist and tone of the light has that air of  mystery which I can’t avoid.

Any tips for photographing the micro?

I find the best times for macro are when the weather is overcast, misty or just after it has rained. Get to know the spots which remain damp, have a variety of moss and lichen etc, and always revisit the same spots. Take your time and explore as many different angles as possible.

What equipment do you use ?

FinePix 14Mpix 10X zoom with an old SLR lenses held in front of the digital lens on 5-10X zoom to get a varied macro range. The cost?  $100 for a number of second hand SLR lenses (Hanimar 135mm, Hanimar 400mm, Super Ozek 80-205mm, Tamrom135mm, Izumanon W-180), Macro on a budget. This combination of old and new technology provides limited depth of field which does produce some starling results.

So many photographs of the Blue Mountains feature vast landscapes and sweeping vistas. What are your favourite Blue Mountains photography locations.

Katoomba Falls Lookout, Witches Leap, Furber Stairs and Leura Forest. I’ve also been into Blue Gum Forest and Govetts Leap. Over time I’ll venture further afield as there are so many amazing and varied environments within the Blue Mountains.

Would you say you’re a big picture man or more details oriented?

I’d say both with a stronger lean towards detail. I like the big picture thought its more often the detail within which captures my imagination. I tend to be quite versatile and with my flora photos I’m after composition comprising of texture, form, diffused depth, and atmosphere.

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