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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. [Content Care Oct/26/2016]

In this posting 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 also be interested in the following related posts:

25 Beautiful Examples Of Macro Photography Link

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.

macro photography

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

Macro Photography

High-Tech Jumper6
“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 macro

Bubble Magic7
“Close-up of a wet leaf … taken with a Canon Powershot A610 :)” The photo is taken by Sophie.

Macro Photography

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

Macro Photography

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

Flower macro

Frog’s eye
Photos are taken by Justin Dotson.

Macro Photography

Dewdrop Refraction8
Taken by Brian Valentine.

Macro Photography

Water lily9
The photo is taken by Chun-Chih Fan (ddsnet).

Macro Photography

A flower10
The photo is taken by Indah Susanti.

Macro Photography

Another vision
The photo is taken by Kristina Buceatchi.

Macro Photography

A Flower
The photo is taken by Cyril Cattin.

Macro Photography

Igor Siwanowicz11

Macro Photography

Under a microscope

Macro Photography

Crane Fly12
This insect looks like something out of a Sci-fi movie.

Cranefly macro

A flower
The photo is taken by Chan Chen.

Macro Photography

Stunning detail of a spider.

Spider macro

8.365 I saw the sea14
The photo is taken by Lux Tenebra.

Macro Photography

Water & Rose
Beautiful colors.

Water & Rose macro

European hover fly in profile15

Hoverfly macro

Refracted Daisy16
You can see the refracted daisy in the blurred background.

Daisy macro

White Spider

White Spider macro

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

Flower in water macro

House fly
Simply wonderful photo.

House fly macro

Red Veined Darter17
Truly stunning macro of this insect covered in morning dew. Wow!.

Red Veined Darter macro

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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

    Some stunning photos!

    Don’t like spiders though, but the rest are beautifull!!!!

  2. 2

    amazing pictures.. wonder what kind of lens / Cameras/settings they were using ?

    Hey , this would make a good topic if you can teach Photography novices few awesome tricks with Digital Photography..

  3. 4

    Awesome! =)

    Spiders are ugly! lol

  4. 5

    all great photos but that last one is truly amazing.

  5. 6

    Very beautiful!

  6. 7

    Crazy! You don’t get to see this kinda of thing too often. Nice post.

  7. 8

    Wow – just an amazing set of photographs! The last is just mind boggling. The timing to get that shot.

    Huge kudos to all the photographers!!

  8. 9

    Wonderful. But i fuckin hate spiders. :|
    What was God thinking about when he created spiders?

    • 10

      He was thinking the same thing when he created social misfits like yourself? This is going to be fun? :)
      Top Rate Photographs BTW, Very impressive!

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    Brendan Falkowski

    September 21, 2008 3:46 pm

    The last one is great.
    The “Flower in Water” (3rd to last) is a well known Photoshop effect. Use your brain people, water doesn’t move like that in such a small area…

  10. 12

    wow – I love macro

  11. 13

    I love macro shots, many photos are only point and shoot, but other have so many work behind :)

  12. 14

    THis is jus so cooooooooooooool…. Jus Awesome!!

  13. 15

    Great list of pictures!

  14. 16

    great detail! Hope to see more of em’! thanks smashing! ;)

  15. 17

    realy cool

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    Arthur Henrique

    September 21, 2008 9:02 pm

    Reeaaalllyyy coolll gallery!! The details are sou beautiful… tks smashing mag! =D

  17. 19

    Those are really stunning photographs. Thanks a lot for sharing them. Check out some of my pictures at:

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    Curt Simon Harlinghausen

    September 21, 2008 9:44 pm

    Amazing pictures. Just great article.

  19. 21

    Awesome photos lol… Its Pretty cooooooollllllllllllllllllllllllllll………..

  20. 22

    Very amazing! I love the shots.

  21. 23

    Wonderful. But i fuckin hate spiders. :|
    What was God thinking about when he created spiders?

    I guess if spiders were not there we couldnt have come out with a wonderful movie called Superman! lol Anyways, nice collection of pics..

  22. 25

    Could anybody give an advice what camera to buy (not too expansive) to make such pictures?

    • 26

      It probably doesn’t matter anymore, but shots like these primarily come from a specific lens, not a specific camera. That lens is a Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5X Macro Lens for Canon SLR Cameras. You can pick one up new for about $1,050 currently. Used, you may be able to get a great deal and spend only a few hundred bucks or so, but that’s rare.

      You’ll also need an SLR (single lens reflex camera), preferably digital, and any Canon dSLR will do, really. I was getting great stuff back when I had my 5 megapixel 10D.

      Finally, for a minimum setup, you will want to get a good light source. That can be daylight, a flashlight, a studio flash, an on-camera hot shoe flash, or a dedicated macro flash. The little pop-up flashes on the camera are worthless at the distances these images are created because the flash is blocked by the lens. An external light source is absolutely necessary if you go above 2x magnification. Naturally, Macro flash is best, and those start at about $500 for a decent one and go up from there.

      If you want to shoot macro on a budget, get some extension tubes and a cheap dSLR. Be sure to bring lots of light and lots of patience. Extension tubes can run you between $12 and $200. You may have some difficulty getting very high magnifications without a bellows, and you’ll need a lot of light and a heck of a lot of patience and perseverance. Shots like those are darned difficult to achieve.

      Have fun. :)

  23. 27

    great!!! really impressive work! love it

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    its very..very.. awesome, i love Crane Fly

  26. 30

    Oh my god, the photos of insects are freakin’ AMAZING. Great job once again Smashing Magazine.

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    amazing photos !!!

  28. 32

    eeew…. some are a bit creepy but oh my how do they get some of those shots!!! Amazing stuff.

  29. 33

    Awesome shots. If anyone prefers butterflies to spiders as I do, I’ve got some examples of those here.

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    Amazing photos I have never seen such details.

  31. 35

    Fantastic selection! But some of them are edited I guess?

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  33. 37

    amazing shots, the last one is unbelievable! Well done Tim and the Smashing Team a brilliant collection of fascinating photos…

  34. 38

    These are SO amazing – I hope I´ll ever get that far with my own camera!
    Thanks for this collection!

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    Andrei Gonzales

    September 22, 2008 3:04 am

    As somebody who does a bit of photography, I can honestly say that a good amount of those photographs had used some pretty expensive (USD1400+) lenses. Others were fixed afterwards – still great shots though.

  36. 40

    Einfach genial. Mehr bitte.

  37. 41

    Awesome, I am luving it!

  38. 42

    great photos, loved the cat.
    so many of these are flora/fauna, do people ever use macro photography for inanimate things? buildings, reflective surfaces, metals,… does anyone maybe have some examples of these?

  39. 43

    some really breathtaking stuff..

  40. 44

    The insects almost seem to pose for this photos, just breathtaking. I’d like to see more pictures like the cat photo, but it seems to be linked to a site with nothing but external links. Which site was this image from?

  41. 45

    very nice

  42. 46

    Love this article! Makes me want to go buy a Macro Lens right now…. Although, the red lily photo looks like it has photoshopped water

  43. 47

    Cool pics! I love Macro photography!

  44. 48

    Absolutely gorgeous works! “Bubble Magic” (the macro of the wet leaf) taken with a humble Canon Powershot A610 proves Walker Evans was right. It’s not the camera, but the brain behind it that matters.

    Fantastic shots from some truly talented individuals.

  45. 49

    Not only the quality is good. There are some subjects that take the leading part. That bug with big thick antennae and the cat’s eyes caught from an angle are stunning.

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    Jehzeel Laurente

    September 22, 2008 9:32 am

    this is truly awesome! :)

  47. 51

    Really amazing photos.

    For all those who hate spiders; sure they are creepy and scary, but they are natures way of keeping the insect population under control. Without them, we’d have too many other little critters around.

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    Respect to Igor Siwanowicz, just look at all images @ linked site. Amazing and… some disturbing.

  49. 53

    A great source of photography is (which is based in canada and offers both french and english versions of all their content. They post macro photos from their readers every month.

  50. 54

    Nice pics.
    ps: asking for a thumbs us from SU users will not always get you some and more likely to get you a ‘no rating’ or thumbs down even. Just be aware.

  51. 55

    One of the best posts ever.

  52. 56

    excellent job!

  53. 57

    oh… god!…

  54. 58

    Works by Igor Siwanowicz are simply stunning.

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  56. 60

    What a ridiculous list of AMAZING pictures!

  57. 61

    I like all the photos.,. great job

  58. 62

    No disclaimer on spiders?

    Nice work, but I almost had an heart attack! :O

  59. 63

    the dragonfly is awesome, the dews are like magnifiers attached to the dragonfly

  60. 64

    great shots, love the last one…amazing!

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    Move in close and everything is scary beautiful

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    These photos have amazing color, balance, and obviously… detail. Macro is a different world.

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    hate spiders

  64. 68

    The ladybird photo is so powerful. A truly surreal experience when seeing all photos … amazing, simply amazing. Also great to see that Smashing Magazine is crediting the photographers and not just presenting a list of photos without saying who took them. Great stuff guys ! Keep us inspired !!

  65. 69

    amazing photos congratulations team it´s really incredible

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    Adrian Rodriguez

    September 23, 2008 7:57 am

    Those are some awesome shots!

  67. 71

    high macro definition.. cool! what type of lens did u use?

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    great pics

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    TOTALLY AMAZING! — I understand why you guys hate spiders but that hate just doesn’t make sense. They eat a whole lot of disgusting insects–which truly harm our lives. So next time you see a spider, PLEASE SPARE IT!

  70. 74

    WOW – stunning pics. Nature IS beautiful!!!

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    This guy is truly amazing mark plonsky

  73. 77

    AMAZING. Oh, and who cares if you hate spiders, that doesn’t make the photos any less breathtaking!

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    Julissa Morales

    September 26, 2008 12:26 pm

    Es increible lo que se puede lograr con un Macro estas imagenes estan preciosas

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    i don’t know… but i don’t like spiders! xD
    they r bad little monsters…

    i preffer the first photo… so… bye bye!

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    Stunning! I commend the photographers who have taken the shots in this series for their vision (actually for their macro vision) in seeing beauty even in things considered by many as hideous and monstrous. Simply inspirational!

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    I like the last one, very different!

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    Superb!!!… Those are some awesome close up.

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    Aneesh Abraham

    October 1, 2008 7:54 pm

    Great Collection!!!!

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    me kedo kon la marikita

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    I love the posts here, but being totally afraid of spiders, this post just kills me!

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    why do more people hate spiders than flies?

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    October 21, 2008 4:41 am

    my god. disclaimer for the spider pictures please!!

    but amazing photography.

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    joice ribeiro

    October 23, 2008 3:33 am

    thanks forsharing

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    joice ribeiro

    October 23, 2008 3:34 am


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    The Refracted Daisy and Red Veined Darter photographs are superb designs for a Baccarat milllefiori paperweight. My sincere congratulations to the photographers. Absolutely brilliant!

    I’d like to suggest they contact a glass company that produces paperweights. :-)

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    María Cecilia Gómez B.

    October 25, 2008 11:52 am

    Those are beautiful and incredibles pictures, congratulations to the photographers, but as I love a lot cats ¨the another vision¨ from Kristina Buceatchi had captured me…
    Todas las fotos me parecieron muy bellas e increíbles, felicitaciones a todos los fotógrafos, y claro, como a mi me gustan tanto los gatos, ¨la otra visión¨de Kristina Buceatchi me encantó…

  89. 93

    Beautiful photos—but lots are with too much effect.Good for the eyes, of course. To show the capacity of the creaction…but I dont feel that all are arts.Photography is a little bit different.

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    Not nice.

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    does anyone know what animal or insect is the one in picture number 13..?

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    macro=large micro=small

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    Amazing and beautiful…

  94. 98

    wow this is sick i love! and i love spiders.. and what’s with the quality it’s way too high

  95. 99

    dex, I wonder what God was thinking when he created you?
    The photos are fantastic.

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    It’s fantastic photography!! I like too much

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    I’m actually too scared to even look at the rest of the pictures ’cause I saw the spider just now. Nearly gave me a heart attack there. Spiders always seem to come out of nowhere, even on the internet, apparently!

    • 102

      this so amaging an beutiful image to atract by nature so thanks this imge to capture in your camra and thanks 2 u also
      me belong to india

  98. 103

    yes everything is great. except the spiders. yuck!:P

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    I hope to learn enought to be able to take at least one of this pictures in my life.

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    VALEU !

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    WOW… amazing!

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    Willy Yanto Wijaya

    February 24, 2009 9:35 pm

    Very cool !!!

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    Ohh man so amazing photos..

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    Bombchell in Atlanta

    March 29, 2009 9:33 am

    wow those are really good

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    really amazing…

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    i saw something like this before but this is just as cool

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    Bruno Cancela

    April 15, 2009 4:35 am

    Muito bom…
    Fotos impressionantes e com uma riqueza de cores formidável…

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    yeah coool…
    not sure whats goin on..
    everyone else was doin it
    i just wanted 2 be included

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    So amazing!
    I dream about taking such photo one day .
    Shall I reprint these photos ?
    Waiting for your answer…

  112. 118

    i love the colors…
    more power…

  113. 119

    impresionante, unas fotografias magnificas

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    its amazing!!! i bought nikon d60 for taking professional photos but i dont know which lenses i must to use for macro photos . is 18-55mm lense enough for macros ?

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    good job

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    Glenda Bolick

    June 19, 2009 9:55 pm

    Stunning! Thanks to these camera geniuses.

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    Lawrence Tanner

    June 22, 2009 1:47 am

    TRUELY AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Awesome bro. awesome!

  119. 125

    Beautiful photos, however it is important to note that “macro” photography and “micro” photography are NOT the same. Also, how were these photos picked?

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    so beautiful,nice shots.

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    Mario Castro

    July 8, 2009 3:35 am

    Amazing you photos…

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    These photographs are truly splendid! I have done quite a lot of photography, and could not do any better myself.

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    Rajeev Purohit

    July 26, 2009 12:41 am

    refracted daisy and another vision ..mummed me..!!
    Truely great photos.

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    oh my god! these pictures are so cool!! insect covered in morning dew was awesome.

  125. 131

    that is amazing

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    These pics are the awsome like totally im in my tech class

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    Amazing macro pictures !!

  128. 134

    Amazing pics.
    As an learner can someone tell me the best macro lense for a Nikon D200 Or Nikon 300

  129. 136

    Excellent photographs of Macro (My favourite one was the cat and the frogs eye)

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    christopher smith

    November 21, 2009 2:25 am

    just like to say to the people that took those photos they are fantastic.
    to se mother natures wonders and the time and effort you have taken to find these shots they are almost cosmic some of them.
    i have a nikon d60 with macro and have 3 different types of dragon fly
    and other various insects and i spend a lot of time walking the country side to get the pictures i want.
    you can be proud of your work i can see that a lot of you are at one with nature

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    Woody Woodpacker

    December 22, 2009 12:28 pm

    Fake ! Lol superb fotos :)

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    Breathtaking shots… really.

  133. 140

    Awesome. Oh my God ! This is so beautiful.

  134. 141

    I m a macrophotograph and i can tell you…WOW!!!

  135. 142

    ******** ESPETACULAR ************

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    And there I was thinking I was doing well with my macro photography – it all just looks so amateur now!

  137. 144

    oh!!!!!!!!!! amazing
    how can they get that photos

    just like a blind mice!!!!!!!!
    fuck you!!!!

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    Lyndel yogami

    April 16, 2010 10:52 am

    WHAT A FAKE!!! i cant beleive you all fell for this fruad this is crap like no shit for example all you need to do for the 3rd to last is was to distort the bottom to make it look like it was water so it could look natural and the rest was MICRO not MACRO these fruads should be erased i can’t believe you guys actually fell for this this BULLSHIT use your brians for once people jeez.

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    Worthy Photographers!!!

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    April 26, 2010 7:59 am

    i like to blow little horses

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    April 26, 2010 8:00 am

    and i fantasize about giving kylar curry a blumpkin

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    i like little boys!! :)

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    Solo comentar que son fantasticas

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    martha am tambunan

    June 14, 2010 12:24 am

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

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    Really great shots. If somebody wants to read how to do macro pictures, just pop in here:

  146. 153

    Amazing macro work …i want one

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

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    Amazing. Nothing more can be said. Just amazing.

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    hey jade :p

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

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    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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    muy buenas fotos..

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    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.

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    Jeffrey Galindez Delfin

    June 11, 2011 1:30 am

    It provides a lot of ideas regarding macro photography.

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    nelson ojinmah

    July 14, 2011 6:09 am

    i love photography especially the macro

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    Great and creative shots there! Keep it up!

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    Naima Perveen

    August 1, 2011 3:54 pm

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

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

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    Wow It is perfect.

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    very unique

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    srishti chawla

    November 2, 2011 12:10 am

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

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    amazing, especially the last one

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    dr.t.narasimha rao

    December 3, 2011 12:32 am

    very good pictures taken with lot of patiece and dedication.

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

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    Awesome photos of Macro ! Love it!

  168. 175

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

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    So nice words…i want more pic

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    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.

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    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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