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    • Please show us your best macro photos of the week. If there is a story behind it, we'd love to hear it. What gear and camera settings did you use?

      We want everyone to learn and provide a constructive critique. The photo with most comments and reactions will be featured as a cover in next week's Monday Macro Photography Challenge.

      I'll start with a flower shot I took while hiking in the Swiss Alps last year. The flower caught my eye, standing alone in a grassy field. I kneeled and got a few shots from different angles. I then edited it in Lightroom by cropping in, adding vignetting (to blackout the surroundings), and adjusted contrast and levels.

      Camera: Sony A7s

      Lens: FE 35 f1.4

      Settings: f2.2, 1/8000, ISO 100

    • 'Luncheon is served.'

      This fine fellow is about 20mm long (3/4") and munching on a fruit fly in my front yard.

      Nikon Z6 with F1.8 50mm lens with 2 extension tubes.

      Dull day and quite windy - flower was moving a lot: 1/400 F16 ISO 6400

      He was rather annoyed at the intrusion - wanted to rassle.

    • My friend came to meet me, while we were standing in lawn i noticed tiny green insect jogging across his jacket. It was hardly visible, i rushed to my camera gear and brought my camera out, took a photo and realize there was also red droplet on antenna.

      Camera: EOS 400D, 100mm Macro lens with reversed 50mm, lit with defused external flash.

    • This is an interesting topic for me because my project for the year is to take one macro photo a day to post on Twitter. I decided to do this because my new phone (OnePlus 7T) comes with a super macro mode, and it's been really fun to use. Since it's the 27th today, that means I have 27 photos to choose from and let me tell you, it wasn't easy.

      In the end I decided to use this photo first, simply because I love how it looks. Using Google Lens on my phone I learned that this is a species of Araucaria plant, which is also known as a hoop pine.

    • Capturing butterflies can be a challenge. This shot combines one butterfly sitting still surrounded by others in motion.

      Fuji X-T2, Lens: XF18-135mm, f5.6, 116.1 mm, ISO 640

    • You've picked an apt title: "Luncheon is served"! 👍

      I'm glad you wrote about extension tubes. I forgot that one could use it to make a regular lens into a "macro lens" with decent results. Back in the day, when I used to shoot weddings, I tried using extension tubes to get a closeup of wedding rings. I had mixed results because the depth of field was very narrow, and it took a lot of patience to nail focus.

      F.16 aperture looks like it helped to keep important things sharp!

      Did you do any edits or post-cropping?

    • It is so interesting how macro photography can look so artistic and abstract. Without your backstory I wouldn't have guessed that the bug was crawling on a jacket. Tiny details like the droplet on the antenna could only be seen up close.

      Love the framing and the shadow from the bug. Cool color tone helps as well.

      Could you elaborate on what "reversed 50mm means"?

    • I'm glad you have a backlog of macro shots already! It is encouraging to see phone cameras coming a long way in macro photography. I didn't know the plant's name "Araucaria" either, but I've seen it plenty.

      I would recommend cropping in on the photo even more to show the texture of the bristles. 😉

    • I love this shot, the soft bokeh, and natural lighting! 

      When I first saw it, I thought the photo was upside down, but then I looked closer at the butterflies sitting on the sides, and I was wrong, it is the right way up.

      Have you played with cropping the right side a bit more, so that the blue butterfly is more centered?

    • Thanks Vilen!

      I haven't played with cropping; I actually prefer it not centered. But thanks for the suggestion!

    • Nice and sharp shot!

      I like the black border in this particular shot because it complements the dark negative space between the carrots and beets. 

      Maybe in another context, the black border would be less suitable, IMHO.

      Was that photo taken at a farmers market? I haven't seen this many carrots and beets at a typical grocery store.

    • Here we go, I've learned something new. Thank you for investigating and posting a link to the tutorial!

    • Reverse lens is a cheap technique to open whole new world in front of your eyes. I remember coupling an old Yashica 50mm lens on my super zoom sony cyber shot H5 which gave me extreme magnification. One day i thought to focus on a white dust sticking on hibiscus plant in lawn, i was totally amazed to witness whole colony of tiny mealybugs and ants feeding and guarding those mealybugs.

      The tech is simple, just reverse a lens (use an adapter or a duct tape) zoom for higher magnification and move back and forth for perfect focus, a slight breath can make drastic shift in focus plane if you are in magnifying drastically, here focus peaking in H5 was extremely useful, focus stacking helps but it requires more practice and training. unfortunately i gave up on macros in 2008 :(

      Ant extracts sap from plant and transfers to another ants until sap is delivered to mealybugs, there was always a guardian ant chasing my intruding camera and showing off sharp teeth. I had more from this set can't find at moment.