I’m really going to have to pull my pennies together to get that Macro lens I mentioned. I can already see just how addictive taking that sort of picture could be.
One thing to note in this picture is that rather than make some tweaks in Lightroom myself to fix up contrast etc, I made use of a preset. Lightroom provides a number of “out of the box” presets which, while interesting, can be quite limited. However, there are a large number of presets available on the web (both charged for and free). these can have quite an effect on your image.
I’m not sure that using a preset isn’t some form of cardinal sin – after all every image should be treated as a new challenge and one size probably shouldn’t fit all. However, as a starting point (or if you like the effect), they can be really useful and give some impressive results.
One of the best preset selections I played with so far were referenced on ReallyJapans blog (kudos to him for sharing the find). You can find them here from the original author Kim Long (thanks to her for sharing them so generously).