I don’t think I’ve used my +10 closeup filter for a couple years. You have to admit, when a +3 gets you very close to the subject with a very shallow depth of field (see previous post), a +10 is rather extreme!
So I did two things: 1. Instead of setting the lens to the closest focusing distance, I set it to the farthest. 2. Instead of using wide aperture setting like f/2.8, I set the aperture to f/8.0. The combination of these two techniques gives me a depth of the field that isn’t so ridiculously shallow and photos that are better.
In spite of it still being winter, the trees in my backyard are trying to bud. If it freezes, they’re in for a rude awakening!
Taking these kinds of photos calls for me to dig into basic photographic composition. You want a more interesting shot? Isolate your subject. Instead of a clump of grass, which is not very interesting, I angled my lens to get a dark background and vertical lines. Here you can also see the little “hairs” on the edge of the grass blade.