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.

my favorite photo of a grater
my favorite photo of a grater

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.

Nature's fireworks - Mimosa flower
Nature's fireworks - Mimosa flower

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

aflame - an orange gerbera daisy
aflame - an orange gerbera daisy

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.

pink drops
pink drops
a drop of red and green
a drop of red and green

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.

a water drop about to exit from the faucet
a water drop about to exit from the faucet

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

oil drops on water
oil drops on water

Bugs

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

a red ant
a red ant

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?

fly with red eyes
fly with red eyes

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

Creepy, crawly caterpillar or "higad" with its bristles
Creepy, crawly caterpillar or "higad" with its bristles

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.

common fungus looking like "nature's umbrellas"
common fungus looking like "nature's umbrellas"
Less than a centimeter tall fungus creating a kind of fairlyland with the surrounding green
Less than a centimeter tall fungus creating a kind of fairlyland with the surrounding green

Food Macrophotography

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.

details of a half eaten bread
details of a half eaten bread

The next three photos below are something you are familiar with. However, maybe you have not looked at them this closely.

garlic
garlic
sliced onions
sliced onions
sliced tomatoes
sliced tomatoes

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?

playing the blues with an egg slicer
playing the blues with an egg slicer

Here's another item you usually see around your house or your office -colorful push pins

colorful trio
colorful trio

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.

tap dancing trio
tap dancing trio

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davenmidtown 4 years ago from Sacramento, California

Completely awesome!


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raakachi 4 years ago from Madurai / Tamilnadu / India

Really Fantastic! i love and enjoy all. Voted up! awesome!


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vasantha T k 4 years ago from Bangalore

very interesting hub .voted up for your microscopic details of things. Mimosa flower and oil drops on water are just fantastic.


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Just_Rodney 4 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

Very well done, Like the colour saturation of the gerbera!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

Your macro photography is amazing! I am fascinated by the intricate detail revealed by this close-up shots, and particularly love the raindrops, water and oil drop photos that seem to draw you into some tiny magical place. I'm a fan!


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Imogen French 4 years ago from Southwest England

beautiful pictures - each one a work of art. a very enoyable hub thank you!


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jagerfoods 4 years ago from South Carolina, USA

I used to run printing presses in my former life. Running the four color process and watching these images stand out on the final product was truly amazing. That said, I never knew the term used to describe this type of photography. Thank you for this insightful hub. Great job!


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holdmycoffee 4 years ago

Great hub, so many interesting photos. I really enjoyed your work.


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timorous 4 years ago from Me to You

I love the way you use colour and texture, as well as the focal point. Excellent photos.


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Keith Matyi 4 years ago from Denton, TX

Loved the photos! Great Hub!


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anglnwu 4 years ago

These pictures are totally awesome--magnifying details can be so amazing. I love every pictures but the mimosa flower--has a special place in my heart.


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HikeGuy 4 years ago from Northern California Coast

Gorgeous! Wonderful colors, perspective -- and I appreciate your discussion of the challenges of getting a clear shot. Great juxtaposition of flowers, insects and ordinary objects. Voted up.


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Green Lotus 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Your photos are so exquisite and this is one of your most spectacular combinations. I've always loved mimosa's but never got a "close look"!

Although you excel at Macrophotography I also love the way you frame your subjects and balance so many brilliant colors. I do hope you have been entering this month's HP contest!


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punacoast 4 years ago from Big Island, Hawaii

Wonderful photo collection! Even the ordinary mundane slices of onion and garlic clove look glamorous under your camera lenses. Amazing!


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mikielikie 4 years ago from Texas

Hi Jill! Once again you have stolen my heart with your photography. You are so gifted in writing and taking the mundane and viewing it in such a beautiful way. Great hub!I liked the fungus picture the best...


Jessie T. Ponce 4 years ago

great hub! i love all the photos!


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allpurposeguru 4 years ago from North Carolina

Wow! Even disgusting things like bugs look, well, at least interesting. And common things look beautiful. Did you put those push pins in a little water? I've got to learn to do this. It looks like I also finally have to learn to use Gimp.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

An absolutely awesome hub Jill, voting up!

Best wishes MM


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Davenmidtown,

Nice to meet you!

Thank you so much for being the first to visit and leave a wonderful comment!

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Davenmidtown,

Nice to meet you!

Thank you so much for being the first to visit and leave a wonderful comment!

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Raakachi,

It's nice to see you again!

I'm happy that you enjoyed this hub.

Thank you so much for your inspiring comment!

All the best!


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Vasantha,

Thank you very much for dropping by and leaving a wonderful comment!


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Rodney,

Thank you very much! I'm happy you liked the Gerbera!

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Stephanie,

Thank you very much for your heartwarming comment! I really appreciate it! I'm so happy if you discovered a new world through my photography.

See you around!

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Patbess,

What a beautiful thing to say! Thank you very much! I really appreciate it!

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Imogen French,

It's great to see you again!

Thank you very much for visiting and leaving a wonderful comment. I'm so happy you enjoyed this!

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello jagerfoods,

I'm so happy that you enjoyed this and learned something from it. Thank you so much for taking time to visit and leave this comment.

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello holdmycoffee,

Thank you so much for your very positive comment about this hub! I really appreciate it! I'm happy that you enjoyed it!

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Timorous,

What a lovely comment! I really appreciate what you said. Thank you so very much! You make me very happy!

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Keith,

Thank you very much for your visit and beautiful comment! I really appreciate it!

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Angeline,

It's great to see you my friend!

Your visit always makes me smile!

Thank you very much for your beautiful comment. I know we share the same love for flowers.

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello HikeGuy,

I really appreciate your insightful and beautiful comment! It means a lot to me!

Thank you very much!

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Green Lotus,

It's always so nice to see you! You make me happy with your lovely and inspiring comments. I really appreciate your creative insights.

I have not been as active in HP as before but the patron of arts contest brought me back. I'm happy to see many friends getting active too. Yes, I entered this in the contest. Thanks very much for the reminder.

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Punacoast,

That is such a beautiful and heartwarming comment! I really appreciate it!

Thank you very much!

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Punacoast,

That is such a beautiful and heartwarming comment! I really appreciate it!

Thank you very much!

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Mikielikie, you have stolen my heart too! Your beautiful words make my heart sing!

It's really great to see you again! I'm happy to be back after some months of hiatus.

See you around!

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Jessie,

Nice to see you!!!

Thank you so much! I'm happy that you love the photos!

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Allpurposeguru,

Great to see you! Thank you very much for wonderful comment.

Yes, those push pins where place on a big drop of water. I wanted to create some reflection.

I haven't used Gimp but I heard it is easy to use. I usually use Photoshop to adjust color and light for most of my photos. However, some are straight out of the camera.

Thanks again and see you around!

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello MM,

I really appreciate your taking time to visit and leave this wonderful comment!

Thank you very much!

See you around!

God bless!


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Hi Jill, you know I'm procrastinating about sending your photo prize. How about a music CD? My husband just released his latest. He's the lead guitarist for Nardo - a hot new Austin rock band. I'll get one in the mail as soon as possible.

As expected, I love these photos! You are an amazing macro photographer. Voted up!

You're not too bad with lighting either. I was amazed by the bread slice. Excellent.


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writingfrosh 4 years ago from Philippines

I also have tried a little macro photography before, but it was not as good as yours. These photos are very beautiful! Thanks for sharing them through this hub.. :)


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Lela,

Don't you worry about the photo prize. You can send me anything you feel like sending. A music cd of your husband is fine. Actually you don't have to send anything because I just enjoy what I'm doing. However, I understand how you feel about keeping promises. I will also do the same thing.

Thanks so much for your wonderful comment and vote up. I really appreciate it!

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi writingfrosh,

Thank you very much for dropping by and leaving a beautiful comment! I really appreciate it.

Just keep on shooting! You will discover you can't stop once you start getting photos that you like!

See you around!

God bless!


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

I put it in the mail today! You are going to love the music. Bob spent time in the Philippines too! He was in the Navy back during 1975-1979. He loved it and I still have some of the money he brought back. Are old coins worth anything yet?


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Lela,

Oh, that's great! I can hardly wait to listen to it.

It's wonderful to know that Bob spent some time here in the Philippines. Has he ever revisited? Or is he planning to revisit? Maybe you can come with him when he does.

Hahaha, I don't know if old coins are worth anything much. Just keep them for souvenir!

Thanks again and see you around!

God bless!


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

This is fun! I too do it because I enjoy it. I would love to visit the Philippines, but I am having some health problems which prevent me from traveling right now.

Bob told me a story about riding one of the Victory buses to Alongapo city once. Sounded real exciting. He's 6 foot 5 inches tall and really towered over everyone (and the chickens). Sounded like some of my trips to Mexico.


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Lela,

Great to see you again!

Oh, I hope you get well soon.

I can imagine how Bob must have eased his way around the bus! I'm sure he would have had an even bigger problem if he tried riding the Philippine jeepneys! Ask him if he had tried it! By the way, it's Olongapo city.

Thanks again Lela!

God bless!


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Well, that's my Texas accent for you. Olong and Along are pronounced the same. I believe Bob did try riding in jeepneys. I wish I had been there and had a camera!


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hahaha, that's good to know!

I don't know if you have seen my hub about the Philippine jeepneys. If you haven't, then please check it out. You will get an idea of how Bob would have looked if he tried riding one. I'm sure it will be an interesting shot if you have your camera with you!

http://hubpages.com/travel/The-Art-of-Riding-the-P...

Thanks for coming back Lela!

God bless!


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada

Jill, absolutely stunning! I was directed to your hub by Davidmidtown and I thank him very much! And I will definitely be your next follower. I love the idea of taking something small and seeing unseen patterns. Brilliant!


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello prairieprincess,

Thank you so very much for your inspiring comment! I thank Davidmidtown for directing you're here!

I'm so happy that you like this!

God bless!


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molometer 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire, England

Just stunning!


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Molometer,

Thank you very much for taking time to visit and leave a wonderful comment!

God bless!


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Genesis 4 years ago from Canada

I just came across your Hub and I'm so happy I did! Your work is absolutely beautiful. Great Hub!


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Greensleeves Hubs 4 years ago from Essex, UK

Superb photographs jill, and great ideas for others to try out in their own photography. Macro photography is not easy as I know very well from my own efforts - like you I have a tripod, but not the other accessories. However, when done well, the photos can be intriguing, original and beautiful.

I particularly like the grater, the flowers and the oil drops on water, against a coloured background.

Inspirational. Voted accordingly. (And bookmarked). Alun.


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Genesis,

What a beautiful thing to say! Thank you very much!

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Alun/Greensleeves,

Wow! Thank you so very much for your heartwarming comment! I really appreciate it!

I'm so happy that you like my photos especially since you are a talented artist!

Big thanks for the vote up and bookmark!

God bless!


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katrinasui 4 years ago

The photographs you used in this hub are awesome.


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Katrina,

It's nice to see you again!

Thank you so much for dropping by and leaving a wonderful comment!


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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

Absolutely Amazing! I will share this!


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Virtual Treasures 4 years ago from Michigan

Love, Love, Love macrophotography! I would like to buy a lens, but I have mainly spent my extra money on portraiture and sports photography. You have quite a great eye for composition and color. Very nice hub!


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CCahill 4 years ago from England

Great hub, its good to be reminded that some of the most simpliest looking things has such hidden complexity when seen up close


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Angela,

Thank you so much! Thanks most especially for sharing. I really appreciate your wonderful gesture.

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Thank you very much for your inspiring and positive comment! I'm happy that you are so interested in macrophotography. I just want to assure you that you can still do some macro photography without a macro lens. Try using close-up filters, they are cheaper than a lens.

Thanks again!

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello CCahill,

Yes, even the most ordinary things oftentimes look absolutely amazing if we just look closely.

Thank you so much for your wonderful comment.

God bless!


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christin53 4 years ago from UK

These photo's are so good I love the raindrops. I think I need to get a better camera so I can get up close.


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks so much Christin! I'm happy that you like them! Yes, macrophotography is really fun!!!

God bless!


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Alison Graham 3 years ago from UK

The photographs you have shared here are amazing and beautiful. I loved looking at them and am certainly inspired to try out macrophotography for myself.


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jill of alltrades 3 years ago from Philippines Author

What a wonderful thing to say! Thank you so much Alison!

God bless!


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sallybea 3 years ago from Norfolk

I love macro photography, especially like the flower in the raindrop, definitely a technique which I hope I can master one day. Thank you for sharing.


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jill of alltrades 3 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello sallybea,

I'm so happy to meet you here. Now I know somebody who also loves macro photography. Raindrops and flowers are my favorite subjects. Even if I already have hundreds of these photos, I can't help but take one more every time I see them.

Thanks very much for dropping by and leaving an inspiring comment. I love sharing what I enjoy doing.

God bless!


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Becky Puetz 2 years ago from Oklahoma

Awesome! I learned a lot about this type of photography today. Thanks for sharing.


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jill of alltrades 2 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Becky,

I'm so happy that you learned something here. It's really my favorite kind of photography. Thanks so much for visiting and leaving a wonderful comment!


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poetryman6969 16 months ago

I really enjoy the use of water drops in macro photography. Voted up.

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