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    • Two years ago I completed a year-long photography project on Twitter. For 365 consecutive days I posted a photo taken on my smartphone to the social network and I shared my experience here on Cake after I was done. I repeated the project again in 2020 with a slight change - I posted macro photos. My OnePlus 7T has a macro lens which some people say is nothing but a gimmick, but I've found it useful on more than one occasion, and very cool on countless others.

      Here's a shortlist of some of my favourite macro photos from the year.

      Because insects are so small, it makes taking photos on your phone almost impossible. But with the macro lens on my phone it was a piece of cake. As long as the little guys sat still, I could take some amazing photos of insects. Like this ant.

      Or this dragonfly.

      Or this weird spider with disproportionate front legs.

      I got some pretty cool shots of nature too. Like this water droplet hanging off the tip of a branch.

      This is a cool little pine cone. Found it after a rainy morning one day.

      Got some amazing photos of flowers too.

      Sometimes everyday objects looks really cool up close.

      Working in a molecular biology research lab means that I deal with some very small objects from time to time, like small quantities of liquid and microscopic measuring tools.

      Food photos also look very cool through a macro lens. This here was a Xmas donut that was quite pretty.

      Fried chicken looks especially scrumptious so close up.

      Healthy food looks amazing and so appetising too.

      I went through a phase where I was really intrigued by stitching. Looking through this macro lens showed me some truly intricate stitching that was all around me.

      I was really happy to carry out this project and I'm really glad I was able to complete it. It was quite challenging during the initial three-month lockdown earlier in the year to find interesting photos around the house since I couldn't go out, but I was luckily able to keep the project going. Now it's done, and I can look forward to next year's project!

    • Macro photography is a great area to wander around, and get lost in. A couple of these images I find very interesting, with some humor, and the possibility of improvement.

      I think of modern camera phones as I do other modern cameras, as tools with great potential, that are at their best, when used with great care, as is true for all photography.

      My iPhone X will easily allow me to create credible 16 x 20 inch prints these days if I do my part, or display a video on my 65 inch TV. I am even seeing camera phone prints in art museums these days. I just ordered a 20 x 24 in metal print shot with my iPhone X in January of this year.

      Are you posting these images just for us all to look at, and appreciate, or are you hoping for concrete suggestions for further improvement in your macro work? You did not express an interest in any image critiques so I hesitate.

    • Are you posting these images just for us all to look at, and appreciate, or are you hoping for concrete suggestions for further improvement in your macro work? You did not express an interest in any image critiques so I hesitate.

      I was just posting to share the accomplishment of completing the project. I'm not continuing it in 2021 so any macro photos I take from here on will just be for random fun, but if you wanna share some insights please do.