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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.

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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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 macro

La force et la passion6
“She felt her strength and passion back by 1 small drop of water.”. The photo is taken by Leon Baas.

Macro Photography

High-Tech Jumper7
“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 Magic8
“Close-up of a wet leaf … taken with a Canon Powershot A610 :)” The photo is taken by Sophie.

Macro Photography

Lasius Vlavius9
“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 Detail10
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 Refraction11
Taken by Brian Valentine12.

Macro Photography

Water lily13
The photo is taken by Chun-Chih Fan (ddsnet).

Macro Photography

A flower14
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 Siwanowicz15

Macro Photography

Under a microscope

Macro Photography

Crane Fly16
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 sea18
The photo is taken by Lux Tenebra.

Macro Photography

Water & Rose
Beautiful colors.

Water & Rose macro

European hover fly in profile19

Hoverfly macro

Refracted Daisy20
You can see the refracted daisy in the blurred background.

Daisy macro

White Spider21

White Spider macro

Flower in water22
Amazing picture of a flower sitting in water. The reflection almost looks surreal.

Flower in water macro

House fly23
Simply wonderful photo.

House fly macro

Red Veined Darter24
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

    Very beautiful!

  5. 6

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

  6. 7

    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!!

  7. 8

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

    • 9

      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!

  8. 10

    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…

  9. 11

    wow – I love macro

  10. 12

    Great list of pictures!

  11. 13

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

  12. 14

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

  13. 15

    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..

  14. 17

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

  15. 18

    all great photos but that last one is truly amazing.

  16. 19

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

  17. 20

    THis is jus so cooooooooooooool…. Jus Awesome!!

  18. 21

    realy cool

  19. 22

    Arthur Henrique

    September 21, 2008 9:02 pm

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

  20. 23

    Amazing shots, great.


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