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Here is a collection of photographers who have mastered the technique|
of macro photography and help us to have fresh eyes and to see the
world in new ways.
This Oklahoma-based photographer really narrows in on a bug’s life.
From jumping spiders to the compound eyes of the robber fly, Thomas Shahan searches out creatures in their natural environments to capture every
day activities. He creates life-size portraits of insect’s faces, faces
that you can’t see without the combination of a macro lens and Shahan’s
In his retired free time, former PhD Microbiologist Brian Valentine turned his attention and incredible talents to a love of macro
photography. As a keen gardener, his backyard is filled with a plethora
of photo subjects including insects and plants. In his very own
backyard, Valentine uses Canon equipment to create these surreal scenes
of images within images, reflections in water droplets that are all
captured in camera. Valetine says macro photography, “allows [him] to
explore a relatively unknown world full of fascination.”
Israel-based photographer Nadav Bagim draws on inspiration from sci-fi, fantasy, and cartoons to conjure up
these impressive and magical narratives of a miniature land. Each
photograph tells the story of an insect’s life and it’s hard to believe
these scenes are real! Bagim says, “This is not a photomontage, no
pasting in or cutting out objects, no selective coloring or saturation
boosting or anything similar. The colors are real, the "snow" is real,
and so are the insects, landscapes and the rest.” Check out a detailed
interview with Bagim here.
Scotland-based photographer Jane Thomas experiments with soapy water and a macro lens to capture light and
reflections through thin films of liquid. Her macro technique involves
photographing a space no larger than 18mm wide on a small bubble wand.
She loves creating colorful effects with her 100mm macro lens, and if
you like her work, you can see even more of it here.
German photographer Heinz Maier,
aka Cymaii, has mastered the technique of capturing the minute details
of flowing and splashing liquids, a combination of macro and high speed
photography. His technical capabilities and lighting techniques, along
with a touch of post-processing and added saturation, result in these
fantastic shapes and forms that otherwise disappear in the blink of an
Which one is your favorite?