"God is in the details"
~Mies van der Rohe
Paying attention to small things can have great reward. Detail shots don't have to be taken with an expensive macro lens and they can be an image of any subject matter. They often tell a story by focusing on a relatively small portion of the overall image. For me detail shots are those that bring awareness to a part of an image that might otherwise go unnoticed.
I also try to make photos that just emphasize a detail through composition. I consider these detail shots as well. You are viewing something up close with the added bonus of shooting at a normal distance and including background.
Keeping my eyes open for the details is what keeps photography interesting for me. It's like a treasure hunt trying to find and capture details that may not have been noticed before.
How do you best capture details? Do you search them out or do they find you?