What is Macrophotography or Microphotography? 33 Macrophotographic Images

Orange Mushrooms: This photo allows you to view the wonderful textures under the mushroom's cap.
Orange Mushrooms: This photo allows you to view the wonderful textures under the mushroom's cap. | Source


When we take time to closely analyze the world around us, we will often find ourselves astonished, fascinated and mesmerized at what we discover. But all too often, the world around us moves much too quickly for us to take the time to really study our subject in great detail. This is where macrophotography comes in. Macrophotography gives us the opportunity to view the world around us both at our leisure and in much greater detail.


In the series of photographs below, take time to notice the amazing textures and colors.

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Purple Thistle - Can you see the bee hidden inside this thistle?Snail on Dianella: notice the water drops? What about the texture of the body of the snail? And the texture and coloration of the snail's shell?Eucalyptus grandis bark after a rainstorm: Look at the wonderful textures and colors!Shedding Gum Tree: Great textures and colors!Nettle: How can something that looks so delicate and translucent cause so much pain? Lichen: Look at the wonderful leathery textures of this Lichen!Lichen: Notice the delicate finger type endings of this lichen.Lorikeet Feather: The lighting and the contrast so the wonderful textures in this feather.Wonderful textures can be observed in this old seed head! Beautiful silver color!Small Snail on Apple Surface: So close that we can even see the small dots on the tips of the antenna.
Purple Thistle - Can you see the bee hidden inside this thistle?
Purple Thistle - Can you see the bee hidden inside this thistle? | Source
Snail on Dianella: notice the water drops? What about the texture of the body of the snail? And the texture and coloration of the snail's shell?
Snail on Dianella: notice the water drops? What about the texture of the body of the snail? And the texture and coloration of the snail's shell? | Source
Eucalyptus grandis bark after a rainstorm: Look at the wonderful textures and colors!
Eucalyptus grandis bark after a rainstorm: Look at the wonderful textures and colors! | Source
Shedding Gum Tree: Great textures and colors!
Shedding Gum Tree: Great textures and colors! | Source
Nettle: How can something that looks so delicate and translucent cause so much pain?
Nettle: How can something that looks so delicate and translucent cause so much pain? | Source
Lichen: Look at the wonderful leathery textures of this Lichen!
Lichen: Look at the wonderful leathery textures of this Lichen! | Source
Lichen: Notice the delicate finger type endings of this lichen.
Lichen: Notice the delicate finger type endings of this lichen. | Source
Lorikeet Feather: The lighting and the contrast so the wonderful textures in this feather.
Lorikeet Feather: The lighting and the contrast so the wonderful textures in this feather. | Source
Wonderful textures can be observed in this old seed head! Beautiful silver color!
Wonderful textures can be observed in this old seed head! Beautiful silver color! | Source
Small Snail on Apple Surface: So close that we can even see the small dots on the tips of the antenna.
Small Snail on Apple Surface: So close that we can even see the small dots on the tips of the antenna. | Source
Woodland Floor
Woodland Floor | Source

What is macrophotography? thefreedictionary.com tells us that “macro” means of great size or large. It further explains "macro" to mean, large in scope or extent, and large-scale. This simple definition helps us understand macrophotography as capturing images that are life-sized or greater. Macrophotography provides us with a much more detailed view of our subject, while also providing us the time to discover all the wonderful textures, color variations, and small details that you would not otherwise be able to see.

Click on the photo at the right and look at all the wonderful details that you are able to view at your leisure and in the comfort of your own chair. It is easy to imagine this scene being the environment where you might actually find a woodland fairy.

This set of photographs provides a wide array of textures and colors for your viewing pleasure.

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Frog: Check out the colors and variations of colors in the eyes and skin of this frog.Broccoli: Macrophotography allows you to see the flowers of this broccoli in greater detail than one would normally see.Earwig: Macrophotography enables you to see texture on the horns of an earwig! Frog: Check out the colors and variations of colors in the eyes and skin of this frog.Water Lily: Notice the blending and transition where yellow and lavender meet.The photographer stated this reminded her of a troll head pencil!Macrophotography makes the small mushrooms, Marasmius capillaris, more visible. Notice the hairs on the pine cone.Notice the dew drops on the underside of this thistle.Lichen: The sun really highlights the faint color variations on this very unique lichen.Citrine: Macrophotography provides you the opportunity view the different angles and colors of the crystals in this semi-precious gem.
Frog: Check out the colors and variations of colors in the eyes and skin of this frog.
Frog: Check out the colors and variations of colors in the eyes and skin of this frog. | Source
Broccoli: Macrophotography allows you to see the flowers of this broccoli in greater detail than one would normally see.
Broccoli: Macrophotography allows you to see the flowers of this broccoli in greater detail than one would normally see. | Source
Earwig: Macrophotography enables you to see texture on the horns of an earwig!
Earwig: Macrophotography enables you to see texture on the horns of an earwig! | Source
Frog: Check out the colors and variations of colors in the eyes and skin of this frog.
Frog: Check out the colors and variations of colors in the eyes and skin of this frog. | Source
Water Lily: Notice the blending and transition where yellow and lavender meet.
Water Lily: Notice the blending and transition where yellow and lavender meet. | Source
The photographer stated this reminded her of a troll head pencil!
The photographer stated this reminded her of a troll head pencil! | Source
Macrophotography makes the small mushrooms, Marasmius capillaris, more visible. Notice the hairs on the pine cone.
Macrophotography makes the small mushrooms, Marasmius capillaris, more visible. Notice the hairs on the pine cone. | Source
Notice the dew drops on the underside of this thistle.
Notice the dew drops on the underside of this thistle. | Source
Lichen: The sun really highlights the faint color variations on this very unique lichen.
Lichen: The sun really highlights the faint color variations on this very unique lichen. | Source
Citrine: Macrophotography provides you the opportunity view the different angles and colors of the crystals in this semi-precious gem.
Citrine: Macrophotography provides you the opportunity view the different angles and colors of the crystals in this semi-precious gem. | Source

Pollen, soft and hard textures, eyes and flesh are elements that astonish and amaze when enhanced through the use of macrophotography.

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Cactus Flower: You can even see the indivual grains of pollen on this flower.Drosera: This carnivorous plant, dewdrops, looks even more interesting close up.You can see the furry texture of this bud so much better through the use of macrophotography.The water drops on this flower create a very addition to this picture.Leopard Gecko: The eyes of this reptile are stunning in this photograph. Frost on ThistleDew on the hairs of a poppy pod.Starfish: The texture of the starfish flesh and its cilia are very visible in this photograph.This Bearded Lizard's eye and the texture of its skin make for a very interesting image.
Cactus Flower: You can even see the indivual grains of pollen on this flower.
Cactus Flower: You can even see the indivual grains of pollen on this flower. | Source
Drosera: This carnivorous plant, dewdrops, looks even more interesting close up.
Drosera: This carnivorous plant, dewdrops, looks even more interesting close up. | Source
You can see the furry texture of this bud so much better through the use of macrophotography.
You can see the furry texture of this bud so much better through the use of macrophotography. | Source
The water drops on this flower create a very addition to this picture.
The water drops on this flower create a very addition to this picture. | Source
Leopard Gecko: The eyes of this reptile are stunning in this photograph.
Leopard Gecko: The eyes of this reptile are stunning in this photograph. | Source
Frost on Thistle
Frost on Thistle | Source
Dew on the hairs of a poppy pod.
Dew on the hairs of a poppy pod. | Source
Starfish: The texture of the starfish flesh and its cilia are very visible in this photograph.
Starfish: The texture of the starfish flesh and its cilia are very visible in this photograph. | Source
This Bearded Lizard's eye and the texture of its skin make for a very interesting image.
This Bearded Lizard's eye and the texture of its skin make for a very interesting image. | Source
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Click on the picture of the puffball above, and look at all the wonderful hard and soft textures that are evident in this picture. The empty holes on the head of the flower are absolutely amazing.

Cactus Thorns
Cactus Thorns | Source


So, what is macrophotography? Macrophotography is used to create an image that is larger than life. It is able to present a subject with more detail than the human eye is able to perceive. It can take a simple bug and allow you to see the reflections in its eyes or the hair on its body - something that you would not be able to see with the naked eye.

Macrophotography is fascinating and fun!

I hope you have enjoyed this journey through macrophotography and will join me again:


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Comments: "What is Macrophotography or Microphotography? 33 Macrophotographic Images" 17 comments

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chrisam01 5 years ago from Los Angeles, California, USA

Absolutely amazing detail. Great work! voted up!


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eddiecarrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire

Great Pictures homesteadbound, I just started using Macro on my camera for my close up shots and the detail is much better than a standard shot using auto focus, voted up and awesome :) I hope Santa brings me a new camera for Christmas, lol


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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Wow these are just amazing, so fantastic. I love all of them its hard to choose a favourite.

After this people are going to want to ditch their digital cameras and get one with the special lenses.


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

chrisam01 - I am pleased that you enjoyed this hub! I think the pictures are just awesome myself. I can sit and stare at them for a fair amount of time. Thanks for visiting, commenting, and for the votes.


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Hillbilly Zen 5 years ago from Kentucky

Stunning photos, Ms. Hsb. It's like visiting another universe. Voted up, awesome and beautiful.


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

Hello, eddiecarrara! I like to take photos also, but I lost most on a computer that crashed. I know, I know... should have backed them up. Always too busy to take the time... now I know why I will take the time.

Here's hoping that you get your new camera for Christmas!

I'll put in a good word for you with Santa! LOL

Thanks for stopping by and for commenting!


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nybride710 5 years ago from Minnesota

Wow, amazing. My husband and I have just started getting into photography, so I will be sure to share this with him.


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

Hello, Rosemay50! Good to see you here. I am tickled that you enjoyed this hub. I have several more macro hub planned. The photos are all loaded, I just need to write them. I guess you can figure out what I did all day yesterday! LOL

Thanks for stopping by!


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davenmidtown 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

HSB: What a beautiful hub! I enjoyed the texture photographs a great deal. I am currently fascinated with lines... voted up and awesome.


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

You've got that right, Hillbilly Zen! It is a strange world way down there. It is amazing how much detail we really miss in the world around us. But if you want to see a whole other world, you ought to visit my nebula series that I just finished. Another set of fascinating photographs!

Thanks for stopping by and for commenting! Always glad to see you!


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

nybride710 - I am pleased that you enjoyed this. I am working on a series of these because I too find them to be so fascinating. Thanks for stopping by and for commenting!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

The detail in macro photography is just amazing, I could never tire at looking at these photos, great hub and voted up.


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas Author

Movie Master - I too enjoy looking at them. It is for that reason that I am creating a whole series of them. Thanks for stopping by and for the votes.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

Wonderful pictures. I love taking macros, the smallest things can become not only beautiful, but interesting as well. Voted up and awesome!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

sgbrown - I do so love to see all the small details. It just takes my breath away to see things in a different way. To know that it has always been there, but I have missed it for so long. It really makes you appreciate the world that we live in.

Thanks for stopping by and for the votes. Here's hoping that you have a very warm and loving Christmas.


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Pamela Kinnaird W 4 years ago from Maui and Arizona

I learn something new every day on Hubpages. This is a wonderful article and photos you've shared with us. Voting up and beautiful.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

Pamela - I am glad that you enjoyed this article. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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