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Me and My Macro

Updated on September 16, 2014

Welcome to my world of Macro

I've been having a lot of fun with my newly acquired Macro lens. Now you may be thinking, wow, that must have cost you a fortune. Not only must you have a swanky expensive looking camera but you must have a very expensive lens. That's the interesting part, no not at all.

I'm going to showcase some of the macro photos I've managed to take with an inexpensive but good quality lens, using your iPhone or iPod.

Let's start with the first question you may have What is Macro Photography?

Actually, the first question you'd like answering is, what is that picture? Oh, that's a close-up on a tree nut I found in the park. It already looked interesting before I snapped it with my macro lens but I hope you agree it looks even more intriguing up close and personal.

What is Macro Photography?

Up Close and Personal

Macro Photography is an amazing photography technique. By using a lens that is placed very close to the subject matter you can zoom into a whole new secret world and discover how things really look right up close.

In this article I'll show you the results I've managed to achieve by using my macro lens.

This picture, for example, is a close-up of a leaf I found while going for a walk in the park.

PHOTOGRAPHY

The word Photography comes from the Greek

'photos' meaning light and 'graphien' to draw

Introducing the Ollo Clip

My new Macro lens friend

The iPhone has an amazingly good camera for a mobile. Isn't it fantastic how advanced technology has become? You no longer have to carry lots of different, and usually very heavy, equipment around with you. One device fits all your needs. Of course I'm not saying discard that wonderful Camera that you have in the cupboard as they definitely have a much wider functionality and you can get wonderful results, but if you just want a quick point and shoot with great quality results that fits in your pocket, you can't beat the iPhone.

Once any device has been made, you can bet your bottom dollar, that just around the corner will be some ingenious little elves working away in workshops across the land, ok, usually China, to make attachments and gizmos galore.

Step up my latest discovery from these clever little elves - the Ollo Clip.

It's small enough to pop in your pocket and comes in it's own little drawstring bag which also doubles up as a lens cleaner. It just pops onto your iPhone without the need for any screws or glue (like some other models that are out there which could damage your phone) and if you have an iPod there's a smaller attachment that fits inside to reduce the size of the hole to help it fit snugly onto the thinner device. You can't use the Ollo Clip with any covers you may put on your devices so that's the only minor drawback but it's not caused me any problems.

I discovered the Ollo Clip a couple of weeks ago and I've been having a lot of fun with it already.

The Ollo Clip comes with three lenses:-

WIDE ANGLE LENS

FISHEYE LENS

MACRO LENS

and is available in either black or red

Here are some pictures I have taken so far - OPEN ZIPPER

Closed Zipper

Zip Teeth

My Pants

The amazing thing about this picture is if you looked at my pants you would think that the fabric was just plain flat. Pop on the Macro lens and zoom up close to the fabric and it reveals so much more. The fine intricate work of the seamstress.

Netting on My Rucksack

This looks like I have taken a picture of a fence when in fact it some very strong netting on my rucksack that looks nothing like this to the naked eye.

Don't you just love looking at the world from this perspective?

LIFE ON THE OCEAN WAVE - Blowing Bubbles

I was at the ocean the other day with my trusty Macro Lens in my pocket ready for action. You've all seen those frothy bubbles washing up on the soft sand tickling between your toes while you're slowly being pulled into the sand - I'm always pleased beach sand doesn't act like like sinking sand - what's that all about.

So with my trusty iPod - you can use your iPhone too but if you're on the beach you may want to be a little careful as you don't want any water or sand getting in places they shouldn't - your iPhone won't thank you but the pictures will come out a whole lot better. In fact, that's such an important thing to keep in mind why not check my tips after this picture on how to give your device some emergency medical attention should it slip out of your hand. With a lot of luck and depending on how fast you've treated the problem, you'll be home and dry with a happy device without the need to fork out mega bucks for a new phone.

I was watching the waves lap around my feet and it was a particularly bubble making ocean day so attaching my trusty Ollo Clip I waited for the waves to roll in and as they ebbed and flowed it left some amazing bubbles behind which I captured really close up.

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More adventures with my Macro lens - Flora and Fauna

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This leaf had been eaten by some hungry little critter, so I thought I'd best zoom in and take a closer look at his handy work :-) It was a bit windy that day so the photo is not as crisp as I would have liked, but I quite like the effect.This plant looked, lets just say, less than interesting but if when you look closer you really get to see a lot going on. This plant was in the grass and probably had survived several big foot tramples - glad I had my Macro lens with me to catch him Leaves up close are fascinating - why not look at a leaf a different way next time you wander by a boring bush.Someone's house - lets sneak on by and leave him or her to get some peace and quietWe've all played with the grass and scattered them about but have you seen them up close, they are very pretty.Dried up leaf holding onto it's green. Back to earth for you my friendThis is some interesting bark from a Banyan Tree.Another tree - think the poor thing may need some moisturizing cream.There was interesting bark everywhere when you look deeper and closer at trees around us.The twig was tiny but the macro lens makes even the smallest, most insignificant items interesting.
This leaf had been eaten by some hungry little critter, so I thought I'd best zoom in and take a closer look at his handy work :-) It was a bit windy that day so the photo is not as crisp as I would have liked, but I quite like the effect.
This leaf had been eaten by some hungry little critter, so I thought I'd best zoom in and take a closer look at his handy work :-) It was a bit windy that day so the photo is not as crisp as I would have liked, but I quite like the effect.
This plant looked, lets just say, less than interesting but if when you look closer you really get to see a lot going on. This plant was in the grass and probably had survived several big foot tramples - glad I had my Macro lens with me to catch him
This plant looked, lets just say, less than interesting but if when you look closer you really get to see a lot going on. This plant was in the grass and probably had survived several big foot tramples - glad I had my Macro lens with me to catch him
Leaves up close are fascinating - why not look at a leaf a different way next time you wander by a boring bush.
Leaves up close are fascinating - why not look at a leaf a different way next time you wander by a boring bush.
Someone's house - lets sneak on by and leave him or her to get some peace and quiet
Someone's house - lets sneak on by and leave him or her to get some peace and quiet
We've all played with the grass and scattered them about but have you seen them up close, they are very pretty.
We've all played with the grass and scattered them about but have you seen them up close, they are very pretty.
Dried up leaf holding onto it's green. Back to earth for you my friend
Dried up leaf holding onto it's green. Back to earth for you my friend
This is some interesting bark from a Banyan Tree.
This is some interesting bark from a Banyan Tree.
Another tree - think the poor thing may need some moisturizing cream.
Another tree - think the poor thing may need some moisturizing cream.
There was interesting bark everywhere when you look deeper and closer at trees around us.
There was interesting bark everywhere when you look deeper and closer at trees around us.
The twig was tiny but the macro lens makes even the smallest, most insignificant items interesting.
The twig was tiny but the macro lens makes even the smallest, most insignificant items interesting.

Is it a rock, a ball of sand or a rice ball??

Photo Credit: Pinkstone Pictures
Photo Credit: Pinkstone Pictures

On my journey with my Ollo Clip on the beach today, I found what looked to the naked eye like a pebble on my purple beach towel. However, my macro lens revealed that this was an elaborate intertwining of sand, fine shell and coral all mingled together which had made a little ball.

Even my beach towel looks interesting under the lens, you can really see the work that's gone into it. I have another picture of that coming up.

Beach Fauna

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Photo Credit: Pinkstone Pictures

This looks very intricate and detailed - like fine hair or noodles. Again, that sand gets in on the act looking like tiny rocks.

And This Is What It Actually Looked Like

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Photo Credit: Pinkstone Pictures

Here's the same subject matter but taken the way you'd be looking at it on the beach. Look at all the detail that's missing, even the towel looks ordinary.

Seaweed

Photo Credit: Pinkstone Pictures
Photo Credit: Pinkstone Pictures

The seaweed was slightly buried in the sand so I zoomed in to take this shot.

How the Seaweed really looked

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Photo Credit: Pinkstone Pictures

You'd walk past this small piece of seaweed on most beach walks but I was on the look out for subjects so thought I'd give it a chance.

Here are a few more interesting finds - it's a lot of fun.

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The sand in my crocsA snake...no wait it's only a piece of seaweed!The other side of my crocs. The bumps look huge here but they are very tiny in reality. Fantastic.Here's the proof. See, tiny!Here's the cheeky "croc", I think he's bitten off more than he can chew. Another small piece of sand hiding in places it shouldn't. The Macro lens is becoming a useful cleaning tool :-DThat's my toe having some sand blasting treatment!It's fascinating to see your skin - look at all the tiny squares. I hurt my foot the other day so the red bit on the left is actually damaged skin.
The sand in my crocs
The sand in my crocs
A snake...no wait it's only a piece of seaweed!
A snake...no wait it's only a piece of seaweed!
The other side of my crocs. The bumps look huge here but they are very tiny in reality. Fantastic.
The other side of my crocs. The bumps look huge here but they are very tiny in reality. Fantastic.
Here's the proof. See, tiny!
Here's the proof. See, tiny!
Here's the cheeky "croc", I think he's bitten off more than he can chew. Another small piece of sand hiding in places it shouldn't. The Macro lens is becoming a useful cleaning tool :-D
Here's the cheeky "croc", I think he's bitten off more than he can chew. Another small piece of sand hiding in places it shouldn't. The Macro lens is becoming a useful cleaning tool :-D
That's my toe having some sand blasting treatment!
That's my toe having some sand blasting treatment!
It's fascinating to see your skin - look at all the tiny squares. I hurt my foot the other day so the red bit on the left is actually damaged skin.
It's fascinating to see your skin - look at all the tiny squares. I hurt my foot the other day so the red bit on the left is actually damaged skin.

Can you guess what the following pictures are?

Before you leave, why not challenge yourself

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I'd love to hear what you have to say - Macro or other photography...why not share your thoughts.

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      PinkstonePictures 2 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      Thanks Jenny - go for it :-D

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      Jenny 2 years ago

      Another interesting article. Off to see what other treasures are hiding in your hubs. Really tempted to get one of these lenses. Thanks for sharing. Top job!

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      mel-kav 3 years ago

      Great lens. I really enjoyed the challenge - the only one I got wrong was the orange peel - I went with lemon because it looked more yellow. I never knew you could get macro lenses for an iPhone or iPad. That is amazing.

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      Doc_Holliday 3 years ago

      Fascinating pictures. Thanks for sharing.

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      farazulhasan 4 years ago

      informative...and attracting pics make this lens more cool..nice effort

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @sukkran trichy: Thank you very much, glad you enjoyed them.

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      sukkran trichy 4 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      absolutely stunning pictures. enjoyed my visit.

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @Amanda_Revel: Thanks for stopping by and taking the quiz.

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      Amanda_Revel 4 years ago

      Excellent Lens and very interesting. I did rubbish in the quiz. Things look so different when up close.

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @Socialpro54 LM: Thank you for visiting, glad you liked it.

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      Socialpro54 LM 4 years ago

      Nice lens

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Its always fun for me to experience someone else's fun and your sure are having it in a macro kind of way....I'm sure you have a hard time passing up anything without finding out how it looks up close and personal! I got better on the quizzes as I went along and got the last 3 right. :)

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @Cynthia Haltom: Thanks for your visit. Macro Photography is fascinating, glad I could give you a trip down memory lane.

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      Fantastic photo, my father was a photographer he used his macro lens quite often.

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      Anthony Godinho 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Pretty good pictures for an inexpensive macro lens. Smartphones and their accessories have definitely opened a whole new possibility!

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @anonymous: They are so much fun and you can get great results. Thanks for stopping by.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing, especially about the iphone attachment. I've never seen one of them. I want one!

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @mbgphoto: Thanks for the kind comments, I'm glad you found it interesting. That's the great thing, everyone can try this with what they have in their pocket without having to buy a very expensive lens for their camera.

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      Mary Beth Granger 4 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      This is a very interesting lens. Thank you so much for sharing...love your photos and to think they are done with an iphone! That is really cool!

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @Cynthia Haltom: Thsnk you for your kind comments. Thanks for visiting.

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      Lovely photography you have some beautiful photos.

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @Kailua-KonaGirl: Thank you so much for the lovely comment and for taking the time to visit. That's a great idea, thanks for the useful feedback. Much appreciated.

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      June Parker 4 years ago from New York

      Fabulous photographs, great explanation of using the Ollo Clip, and fun quizzes make for a great lens, IMHO! *Squid Angel Blessed*. You deserve a Purple Star. The only thing I would change is to cut down on the amount of comments showing at one time, i.e. 5 is ideal, 10 at the max. Well done.

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @SheGetsCreative: Yes, it's a lot of fun - do you do Macro Photography? Thanks for stopping by.

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      oddobjective 4 years ago

      Love the macro....great lens.

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Nice shots - macro photography is so much fun isn't it?! :)

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @oddobjective: Thanks for stopping by

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @KarenHC: Thanks for stopping by. I know, it's quite amazing and turns your phone into something even more exciting.

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      Karen 4 years ago from U.S.

      These are great photos! I had no idea that iPhones could be fitted with lenses to take close-ups like these.

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @Swisstoons: Thanks. The intro photo is a tree nut that I found which had some interesting holes and the second photo is a leaf. Thanks for showing an interest in my article and for your comments. Much appreciated

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 4 years ago from Michigan

      Great stuff! But what's the subject of your intro photo? And what about the second photo?

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @weheartjunk: Technology is fantastic, glad I could tell you something new. Thanks for visiting.

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      weheartjunk 4 years ago

      Wow I had no idea you could put these lenses on your phone. Cool!

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      tahirmahmood 4 years ago

      I like them very much.

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @WriterJanis2: Thanks very much, that's very kind of you.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      Wow! Such interesting shots. Pinning this.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      Wow! Such interesting shots. Pinning this.

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      belinhafernandes 4 years ago

      Hi! I would love to do macro but I just have a small digital camera and no Iphone. I found your lens very interesting. Had no knowledge about the ollo clip! It's lots of fun!

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @JimHofman: Thank you, much appreciated.

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      JimHofman 4 years ago

      Very interesting! Love your photos. Thanks for sharing!

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @takkhisa: Thank you. I love taking pictures. Just getting used to how to use the Macro but it's an interesting way to look at the world.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Thanks for the beautiful pictures and I just want to tell you, i enjoyed looking at this lens because I personally like to take pictures of many things :)

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @hntrssthmpsn: You never know, I'll be updating the article with more, so please come back and visit again sometime.

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @Redneck Lady Luck: You'll have a fab time, you see the world from a completely different perspective.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      Wow I am very impressed with macro photography. This is the first time that I have heard of it. A new camera is on my want list for next year so I am really getting anxious to try out some new photograph techniques.

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      hntrssthmpsn 4 years ago

      I've been trying to coax a few friends into exploring photography... perhaps seeing these cool macro shots from an iphone will do the trick!

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @vwzotteke: Glad you enjoyed it.

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @Iftikhar-Hussain: Thanks for stopping by

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @Winston1 LM: Thank you very much. It's amazing, I can't believe I've already made 10 lenses. Thanks for stopping by

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      Winston1 LM 4 years ago

      Nice technique and congratulations on your 10th lens

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      Iftikhar-Hussain 4 years ago

      Interesting read .. Thanks for share :)

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      vwzotteke 4 years ago

      Whow nice lens I like photography I have a Nikon D5000 but now I alsow can try it with my Iphone tnx for this greate lens

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      @RinchenChodron: Thank you for the lovely comment. I'm glad I'm given you another reason to be tempted to get an iPhone or iPad. They are very well made and worth the money in my opinion. I've realized I've forgotten to show a picture of the Ollo Clip attached to my phone so I'll post an update shortly. Thanks for stopping by.

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      RinchenChodron 4 years ago

      Wow - I'm jealous - I want an iPhone or iPad - either one - I had no idea you could get a macro lens for one. These photos are very cool. I also Zazzle - I'm off to check out your shop.