Like many, Joni Niemelä got his start in photography simply to preserve memories for his future self to enjoy. But, that was about 10 years ago and, as we all know, things can change a lot in that amount of time. In fact, after only about three years into his foray with photography, the Finnish photographer had his interest piqued by the art of macro photography. Since then, what started as a simple way to record one’s life, has turned into a full blown career and has earned the photographer clients such as Adobe, Zenith, Pentax, UPS and Lowepro.
Now, with almost a decade of shooting under his belt, the photographer has amassed quite the collection of images. Solely shooting in the field, you can usually find Niemelä equipped with his Pentax K-3 for macro work or, sometimes, a Nikon D800. As far as lenses, he tells us he typically sticks to a standard 100mm macro lens, but sometimes outfits his camera a 50mm prime reverse mounted and with extension tubes when he needs to get really close. “This combination magnifies the subject a lot so I can fill almost the whole frame with it,” explains the photographer. “I often like also to experiment with postprocessing and bring out my artistic view even more this way.”
It’s a whole other world and intriguing way to look things from a different perspective,” revealed Niemelä, describing his affection for macro.
Niemelä was nice enough to curate some his personally favorite images from his portfolio, and also let us pick some our favorites to share with you, too. Enjoy!
Niemelä’s macro work is incredibly fascinating, but his non-macro work is equally ethereal and worthy of mention. Here’s a few selections of his landscape work to wet your whistle, then be sure to head over to his website, Facebook, and Behance to see more. Niemelä is a hardworking and stays pretty busy, so he’s regularly posting new work. You can also keep up with him on Twitter. [ Joni Niemelä via This Is Colossal ]
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