Macro Pet Portraits

I love macro photography. Something about picking out tiny details that the human eye can’t see is very satisfying, and it opens up whole worlds to explore right under our noses. I also love photographing pets, and while we don’t currently have any pets (we want to wait until we’re able to get a house), my family has plenty to go around. My sister’s cat is particularly photogenic:

Combining these two genres of photography was everything I had hoped for. I used the same lens for all three of those photos: yep, you guessed it, the Kiron 105mm f/2.8 Macro. The large focus range and fine control mean I can do a more typical portrait or get in way closer to capture tiny details. I did notice some chromatic abberation shooting wide open, but it was pretty controllable in Lightroom.

I think another reason I enjoy macro photography so much is that it’s very technical. There are a number of challenges involved in creating good images with a macro lens, and overcoming those is an accomplishment to be proud of. In this case, there was the added challenge of getting a cat to stay still and not attack my lens. It was all good fun though, and I’m very happy with the results. I am also posting photos on Instagram again, so feel free to check out my work there too!