25 Beautiful Macro Photography Shots


Macro photography is the art of taking close-up pictures that reveal details which can’t be seen with the naked eye. For example, while we can see the fly on the wall, our eyes aren’t equipped to make out the fine details of the hairs on it’s face. This is where macro photography comes in. It gives us a glimpse into the world of the very small, which goes largely unnoticed by us as we hurriedly shuffle through our day.

In this edition of our Monday Inspiration series we present 25 beautiful examples of macro photography. A round-up of some truly revealing and inspiring macro photographs which are sure to have you marveling at the world around you. You may check out the links at the bottom of this post for further resources on the subject of macro photography.

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25 Beautiful Examples Of Macro Photography

Eye of a Tokay Gecko5
“A close-up shot of a Tokay Gecko. Their eyes remind me of old-fashioned keyholes. Thanks for looking!” The photo is taken by Alan M.

Spider macro6

La force et la passion7
“She felt her strength and passion back by 1 small drop of water.”. The photo is taken by Leon Baas.

Macro Photography8

High-Tech Jumper9
“Jumping spider on a DVD reading my data! Shot with a Canon 20D with a Canon MP-E macro lens.” The photo is taken by Coder.

Spider macro10

Bubble Magic11
“Close-up of a wet leaf … taken with a Canon Powershot A610 :)” The photo is taken by Sophie.

Macro Photography12

Lasius Vlavius13
“This yellow meadow ant is trying to find a way to dry ground after the rain”. The photo is taken by Leon Baas.

Macro Photography14

Flower Detail15
Close-up of a very colorful flower, shot by MeLissa Stolte.

Flower macro16

Frog’s eye17
Photos are taken by Justin Dotson.

Macro Photography18

Dewdrop Refraction19
Taken by Brian Valentine20.

Macro Photography21

Water lily22
The photo is taken by Chun-Chih Fan (ddsnet).

Macro Photography23

A flower24
The photo is taken by Indah Susanti.

Macro Photography25

Another vision26
The photo is taken by Kristina Buceatchi.

Macro Photography27

A Flower28
The photo is taken by Cyril Cattin.

Macro Photography29

Igor Siwanowicz30

Macro Photography31

Under a microscope32

Macro Photography33

Crane Fly34
This insect looks like something out of a Sci-fi movie.

Cranefly macro35

A flower
The photo is taken by Chan Chen.

Macro Photography

Stunning detail of a spider.

Spider macro37

8.365 I saw the sea38
The photo is taken by Lux Tenebra.

Macro Photography39

Water & Rose40
Beautiful colors.

Water & Rose macro41

European hover fly in profile42

Hoverfly macro43

Refracted Daisy44
You can see the refracted daisy in the blurred background.

Daisy macro45

White Spider46

White Spider macro47

Flower in water48
Amazing picture of a flower sitting in water. The reflection almost looks surreal.

Flower in water macro49

House fly50
Simply wonderful photo.

House fly macro51

Red Veined Darter52
Truly stunning macro of this insect covered in morning dew. Wow!.

Red Veined Darter macro53


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  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/08/24/45-beautiful-motion-blur-photos/
  3. 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/06/09/beautiful-black-and-white-photography/
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Tim Mercer is a photography enthusiast, graphic designer, artist and blogger. His blog offers free resources for the digital artist and graphic designer, as well as tutorials, artist interviews, inspiration and more.

  1. 1

    wow just amazing photos, here is some more amazing photography http://www.photobuzz.org

  2. 152

    Solo comentar que son fantasticas

  3. 303

    martha am tambunan

    June 14, 2010 12:24 am

    soooo… beautiful…, is it possible for me to upload my photo… ? *still ametuer*… =)

  4. 454

    Really great shots. If somebody wants to read how to do macro pictures, just pop in here: http://www.macro-photography.eu

  5. 605

    black friday deals

    July 18, 2010 11:14 pm

    oh great.. just great! I hope you’ll also include the lenses used in each macro photo… O___O

    I so love the european hover fly and the another vision macro photos ^_^

  6. 756

    Amazing macro work …i want one

  7. 907

    awesome pictures ……….. so cool, i mean oh i cant………………… its speechless ……….wow

  8. 1058

    Amazing. Nothing more can be said. Just amazing.

  9. 1209

    hey jade :p

  10. 1360

    Fantastic … i have seen these macros before but i love to watch again and again … feel good Macros

  11. 1511

    Katya Souchitski

    April 4, 2011 1:01 pm

    Those are like soooooo… cool, just the spiders are toooooo, waaaay discusting and people exept just some boys, would not like to look at them, but over all, AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. 1662

    muy buenas fotos..

  13. 1813

    The picture of the furry moth gripped me the most.
    Seeing these photos reminds me that even insects (including spiders) are living creatures in their own right
    and are just as worthy of life as any of us.

  14. 1964

    Jeffrey Galindez Delfin

    June 11, 2011 1:30 am

    It provides a lot of ideas regarding macro photography.

  15. 2115

    Amazing collection of amazing macro photography! I have been play with extension tubes to create some macro shots with some success, buy these are outstanding. Keep up the great work!!

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  17. 2417

    i love photography especially the macro

  18. 2568

    Great and creative shots there! Keep it up!

  19. 2719

    wow +++++++++++++.I like it !

  20. 2870

    fantastic pictures showing the beauty and the purity of nature before being touched by man’s hands.

  21. 3021

    Wow It is perfect.

  22. 3172

    very unique

  23. 3323

    awsome photography…
    love it
    different form other
    no word to explain

  24. 3474

    amazing, especially the last one

  25. 3625

    dr.t.narasimha rao

    December 3, 2011 12:32 am

    very good pictures taken with lot of patiece and dedication.

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  27. 3927

    Just Awesome…I am speechless..Beautiful Photographs!!

  28. 4078

    Awesome photos of Macro ! Love it!

  29. 4229

    Other than to identify, the commentary (opinion) is unnecessary, takes away… “Life”

  30. 4380

    So nice pic..no words…i want more pic

  31. 4531

    Wow is the word.
    Am already trying to learn macrophotography.
    Hope Nikon D 5000 will do.

    And the reverse lens thread has already been shipped by the Chinese seller of ebay.

  32. 4682

    The picture of flower in water is not real. The flower is real but the “water” is a plugin effect in photoshop called “flood”. Follow the original link to see the comments about the “special effect” on the flower. It is nonetheless beautiful.


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