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Old Jun 5, 2010, 6:31 PM   #1
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Default First flower shot. Macro or Close up?

New guy is unsure of the difference. What makes the difference between macro and a close up?
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Old Jun 7, 2010, 4:06 PM   #2
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Technically, macro is anything of a 1:1 reproduction ratio (life size) or greater; in practice, usage is looser - manufacturers label lenses with as much as ratios of 1:5 (1/5 life size) as macro, stretching the truth for marketing purposes. Technically again, anything less than 1:1 should be called close-up. I have never seen a satisfactory definition of the latter term, the longer distance limit of which which is hard to quantify.

Not knowing how much your image might have been cropped, or exactly how large the flower is, I couldn't say which it is, except that it is a nice image. Probably it is only close-up, although most would call it macro; a full frame of the anthers, and maybe the stamens as well, would certainly be a true macro.
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Old Jun 7, 2010, 6:18 PM   #3
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Thank you penolta.

Shot was taken with a LC-55 close up lens on a Panasonic FZ35
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