The Wonderful World of MacroPhotography: A Photo Gallery
Photography and especially macro photography is my favorite activity ever since I retired from focusing on preparing lessons and checking papers. It has opened a whole new world for me. Through this photo gallery, I am inviting you to explore this world with me.
What is MacroPhotography?
Just what is macrophotography? Well, there is a technical explanation for those who are technically inclined. I refer you to: Macrophotography.
For this hub however, let me just say that macro photography is taking photos that focus on the details of things that are generally not noticed or seen by the naked eye.
It's just so exciting to see the details of things around me. That's why I said, macro photography has opened a whole new world for me.
I guess, my fascination with macro photography is a carryover from my microscope days when I would get engrossed in looking at the details of living things as well as preserved ones under the microscope.
Flowers in Macro
My favorite subjects for my macro photography are flowers and raindrops. I have hundreds of photos of just these two favorites and I still haven't stop taking even more photos. They are simply fascinating.
For example, I never knew that the flower of the lowly "makahiya" or "sensitive plant", Mimosa, is so beautiful until I focused on it with my lens. The radiating pattern is really amazing. I did not even process this photo except to resize it . This is a straight from the camera photo.
This orange gerbera daisy below looks like it is aflame. Before I started my photography, I just considered this as just another pretty flower. I only appreciated its intricate repeating pattern when I became interested in photography.
I have other flower photos here: Flowers-Up-Close-for-Valentines-Day-and-Other-Days
Flowers and RainDrops
I mentioned above that my favorite subjects for my photography are flowers and raindrops, so here are two photos that incorporate both. The first one is a two-toned mum while the second is a rose.
It's obvious that I only focused on the raindrops and not on the flower. You cannot even recognize what kind of flower is in the second photo below.
Water Drops in Macro
The photo below shows how a drop just coming out from faucet looks like. Isn't it precious?
Please click on the photo to get a bigger view.
The photo below is a different kind of drop. These are oil drops on water. This photo was taken using a transparent dish filled with water with a few drops of oil added. A colored paper was used as background to produce this colored effect.
If you love raindrops, I got a whole hub about them here: RaindropsA-Few-of-my-Favorite-Things
After flowers and drops, my next favorite subjects for my macro photography are bugs. There are so many ants in our garden, so they are the ones that I usually encounter. This red ant below was busy moving around so I was lucky to get this clear shot.
I have a whole hub about ants because they are so fascinating. If interested, it's here: Amazing-Ants
By the way, getting a clear shot is one difficulty of macrophotography. Any slight movement of the subject or the photographer will be magnified and always result in a blurry shot. Most professional photographers use a tripod, focusing rail and remote trigger to minimize camera shake. I only have the first accessory (tripod) for my photography so far. One of these days, I'm planning to get those other two accessories.
I don't like flies at all! But this one has such an attractive red eye, my photographer's instinct prevailed over my instinctive dislike of this bug. It made such an attractive contrast with the green leaf don't you think so?
This creepy, crawly caterpillar below is called "higad" here in the Philippines. It causes extreme itchiness if it contacts your skin. I was thus curious how it looks like. So when I had a chance to photograph a specimen, I right away did so. No wonder it causes so much itchiness, it has so many bristles all over its body. But you must agree that it is such a colourful subject.
There are other bugs in my garden and you can find some of them here: THE-SECRET-LIFE-OF-BUGS-in-my-Garden
Fungi or Mushrooms
Fungi also abound in my little garden. So they also can't escape my camera once I start going around. I however like to take photos of the smaller ones rather than the big ones.
The first of these two photos below is about an inch tall while the second one is less than a centimeter tall.
When it's raining hard, I usually train my camera on things around the house. So naturally, food is one of the things I see.
The first one looks like an abstract art. This is just a half eaten piece of bread left on a red plate.
The next three photos below are something you are familiar with. However, maybe you have not looked at them this closely.
Macrophotography of Mundane Things
Finally, I also love to take photos of mundane things. I usually take the photo from a different angle so as to give it a different perspective.
I know I used this photo in a previous hub. However, for those who are not familiar with my other works, could you try guessing what this thing is?
Here's another item you usually see around your house or your office -colorful push pins
And finally, the photo below is from another perspective of something that you use everyday. Can you guess what they are?
More photos of mundane things are found here: beauty-in-mundane-things
This photo gallery represents just a small sample of what I capture with my macro photography. Hopefully you enjoyed it.
My Other Photo Essays and Galleries
If interested, below are some of my other photo essays and galleries right here in HubPages!
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