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Today we will visually scrutinize Calluna vulgaris, also known as Heather, a dominant species in arid and windswept regions, covering extensive areas throughout Europe from the British Isles and Iberian Peninsula to the Ural Mountains in Russia, and from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean and Morocco.
In the past, heather was used by the poorest populations to make brooms, floor scrubber brushes and stuff mattresses. Old root wood was used in fireplaces or for make charcoal.
It was even used to produce paint that dyed leather and wool in shades of yellow.
Even today in Scotland, there is a local beer that has been brewed for over 4,000 years, and is flavored with Calluna vulgaris leaves and flowers.
Without more delays, let me present the model
My introductory thoughts about macro photography:
It's amazing how macros with their blurred background can result in such different images full of contrasts and textures especially with this kind of subjects.
In the world of photography, especially macro photography, there is a universe of things available to everyone, enabling totally different and original approaches.
Before moving onto the result...
Here i present the technique used through a short visual tutorial:
Among the various possible techniques to shoot macros, this is perhaps the most affordable and effective technique for those who have a camera with removable lens.
We can simply remove the lens and reverse the direction, and by using an inverter ring it ends up being more comfortable and facilitates the process.