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Camera House : Better Pictures 8
terms of the photographers entering.” Macro photography has become extremely popular in the last few years and Pam has her own reasoning for its popularity in the Gardens in Focus competition. “From looking at the entries I think when people spend time with a subject, somehow the camera allows them, gives them permission if you like, to really stop and look at the detail. When you have that sense of wonder about the detail, and we all can have it, photography has the ability of allowing you to capture that detail.” A keen amateur and aficionado of photography, Milthorpe is looking forward to seeing the finalists’ works on display and can’t wait to discover which images have caught the judges’ notice. “ We always felt that if we were going to run the competition we wanted to aim for the highest possible standard. We wanted to not only capture the enthusiastic amateurs but professionals as well and we’ve been lucky enough to attract a lot of those professionals to judge the competition.” Indeed judges include world-renowned shooters such as Anne Geddes and Chris Jones. Jones has even gone so far as to put together an eBook of tips and provide feedback on images. For Milthorpe, the biggest surprise has been the amazing level of talent. “We had an extraordinary range of gifted amateurs who had put enormous amount of time into getting the shot they wanted and it’s often required patience and a vision. They were prepared to put in the time. Some of them have brought a new vision and spontaneity. “Last year’s winner, Sugianto Yahya really captured what we wanted to do – which was highlight the botanic gardens – Sugianto’s picture had a real sense of place and was clearly identifiable as being shot in a botanic garden. It covered the garden, the vista and really captured a moment in time...” ■ Part of Sigma’s professional grade EX (Excellence) range, the Sigma AF 70m f/2.8 macro lens is a full format lens that works well for portrait photography but is also superb when it comes to photographing extreme close-ups of nature. Armed with three SLD elements, it delivers crisp images with great clarity. Canon shooters looking for an entry-level macro lens, which also works well for portraiture, will love the EF 100mm f/.2.8 lens thanks to its pleasing bokeh. Equipped with a Ring USM for silent high-speed auto focus, it delivers macro images at life-size (1x) magnification. Manual focus is also available. Designed for use with both DSLR and SLRs, this is the first Nikon macro lens to feature a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) and Vibration Reduction (VR II) technology. It utilises Nano Crystal Coatings for excellent image reproduction and VR allows for a gain of up to 4 stops. SHARP SHOOTERS Sigma aF 70mm F/2.8 EX Dg macro LEnS canon EF 100mm F/2.8 macro USm LEnS niKKor aF-S micro 105mm F/2.8g iF-ED Vr LEnS “wHEn PEOPlE SPEnd TimE wiTH A SubjEcT, SOmE HOw THE cAmERA AllOwS THEm, givES THEm PERmiSSiOn if yOu likE, TO REAlly STOP And lOOk AT THE dETAil” ■ Entwined by Ian Hinrichsen 25 Feature macro PicTUrES 024_Bpics8_gardens_v3.indd 25 7/03/12 1:55 PM
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