20 Shots That’ll Show You the Beauty of Macro Photography
If the world around you seems monotonous and a bit dull, modern macro photography is something that will cheer you up with a completely new perspective on things. After all, what could uplift your spirit more than getting lost in mesmerizing photos that illustrate how colorful, dramatic, and intimidating the surrounding world can be. And to explore macro photography on your own, the only thing you need is a macro lens.
Depositphotos photographers take hundreds of macro photos every day that give us goosebumps. We invite you to the entertaining world of microphotography here and right now! Do you recognize fern leaves at 5x zoom? Can you distinguish a horsefly from a North American jumping spider? And what about ice under a microscope? Let’s find out.
Meet a typical wolf spider. These insects can be found on our planet everywhere except Antarctica. You can spot spiders like this in forests or near bodies of water.
Here is another widespread spider called Saitis barbipes. This is a jumping spider. Although it might look menacing in macro photographs, you’d hardly notice it without a special lens. This spider is only a few millimeters in size.
You’ve probably heard of silkworms. Did you know that there are also weaver ants whose nests are made up of leaves held together by silk threads? You can find these ants in Africa and South Asia not only in forests but also in some national dishes.
Say hello to this little green hairstreak butterfly. Insects of this kind are mentioned in the poems of ancient writers, as well as in legends born in the British Isles. This butterfly is very difficult to spot in the wild, as it never rests with its wings open.
A butterfly wing consists of a strong frame and soft membranes. Take a closer look at its pixel-like structure. It resembles old monochrome displays.
This is another photo of a butterfly wing that is completely covered with pollen.
Let us introduce you to the dragonfly, the oldest insect that we can come into contact with in nature. Dragonflies live in all the countries of the world and are very important for our comfort, as they eat blood-sucking insects.
This is what the crimson marsh glider looks like. You can find it in Southeast Asia and across the Indian subcontinent. Unlike males (depicted in the picture), female dragonflies of this type have a gray-green hue and are hardly noticeable.
This photo shows the skin of a starfish. This creature has many names, including “horned sea star,” “knobby,” or “chocolate chip.” Knobby loves to spend time on the soft warm seabed, so they are easy to spot on the beach when visiting the Indo-Pacific region.
Let’s enjoy the mother of pearl shell of abalones. These marine snails are often called “ear shells” and “muttonfish.” Abalone shells are used in jewelry making.
Rhinoceros beetles are the largest living beetles and they are also truly long-livers among insects. These beetles can grow up to 15 cm long and live for over 3 years.
On a warm summer day, meeting a horsefly will not please any of us. These insects not only have painful bites and feed on blood, but they also carry dangerous diseases.
And this is how hypnotic and frightening the horsefly eye looks. Its gaze can be compared to that of the Mona Lisa. But unlike the woman from Leonardo da Vinci’s painting, this insect is really following us with its gaze.
And why not imagine that we ourselves have shrunk to the size of insects? Here’s a huge flower covered in dew. One drop is enough to quench your thirst.
And another giant plant is covered in a thousand drops of water. Macro photography shows us that water drops really do form perfect spheres.
This is how we would see flowers if we were the size of a bee.
The term macro photography is used to describe photographs that depict objects at a 1:1 scale or larger. For shooting, you can use almost any camera. However, to get an image like this, you need to use a microscope with a photography feature.
Can you see the piece of ice in this picture? A microscope was also used to shoot this.
This is not a photo filter effect! This is what the Titanium Aura quartz looks like. This mineral is a form of quartz combined with the toughest metal on Earth, titanium. It is often used in healing rituals.
The macrocosm amazes us every second. Look at this peacock feather captured on camera.
Macrography as a term was coined in 1899 and this genre was originally used for scientific research. However, after taking a look at these photos, it’s easy to spot that there is also a huge artistic potential in macro photography.
Even if we cannot always guess what is shown in the pictures, we can still enjoy the unusual shapes and unexpected natural gradients captured by a photographer. So let’s follow in their footsteps and try to find something special about all the little things around us.