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The Complete Guide to Macro and Close-Up Photography by Cyrill Harnischmacher

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Graffiti detailf/8, 1/250 s, ISO 200, 50mm

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People tend to always associate the same subjects with macro photography: objects from the botanical, etymological, and perhaps technological kingdoms. People also tend to understand the purpose of macro imaging to be relatively limited in scope: revealing familiar objects from the natural world in larger-than-life pictures. But there is an amazingly complex world of abstract beauty hidden in the ordinary world around us.

I shot the image on the left—along with many others like it—in a park in my hometown, where a gallery of graffiti art is always on display. Large, vertical ...

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