I had a new obsession this summer, fueled by a birthday/mother’s day present I bought myself with some cash that unexpectedly showed up in the mail – an adorable little 3-in-1 lens called an Olloclip* that attaches to my iPhone. One lens is a wide angle, one is a fish-eye, and most importantly (to me!) the third is a macro. If you’re not familiar with macro photography, it’s basically an extreme close-up on a subject, making it larger in the photo than it is in real life.

Sounds easy! Um. No not so much! As I quickly discovered.

There is definitely a learning curve to taking decent macros.

First, you have to be extremely still. Even the slightest movement, like say breathing, will cause major blurriness.

You also need really great light and you have to get extremely close to the subject. Objects in camera are much closer than they appear! Insects don’t like this very much. Okay, at all.

I have many many photos of things that I thought were going to be great shots as I took them but when I went back to edit the images they were often blurry and/or out of focus. The worst are those perfectly composed frames that are ever so slightly out of focus. Just a hair closer and it would have been perfect. Arghhh!

My persistence paid off though, and I managed to get some fairly nice images. Here are a few of my favorites. (Which you’ve probably seen before if we’re friends on Instagram or FB, sorry!)


leaf macro

I think that’s me in the reflection.

moss spore macro

In case you’re wondering, those are moss spores. Really.

dragonfly macro

I took this while standing on a sidewalk for many minutes with cars whizzing by me. I’m certain they were wondering what the heck I was doing. I’ve named this dragonfly Patience, as she was very patient letting me take her photo.**

flower macro

I guess I should have titled this post “Green” eh?

Have you tried taking macro photos? I’m going to try to get a single snowflake this winter, but I’m not sure it’s possible. Any other suggestions?

*Not even a little bit sponsored. Unless you count my mother-in-law who gave me the money I used to buy it!

**I’m just pretending she’s a she because the name fits. I wouldn’t know how to tell otherwise.


5 Responses to “macro”

  1. alejna on August 28th, 2013 4:01 pm

    I love all of these. They are really gorgeous.

    My husband got me a macro extension for my camera for my birthday, but I’m sorry to say I haven’t used it much since I first got it. One nice thing about my camera (vs. my iPhone) is that I can take multiple shots in rapid progression, which I found helpful for the macros. Since I couldn’t seem to stop my slight swaying, multiple shots once I set the focus to the right range meant that there was a better chance that one of them would hit on the right depth! I need to play with it some more.

  2. Mom on August 29th, 2013 1:07 pm

    Whoa Annette, nice shots!

  3. Becky Mochaface on August 29th, 2013 1:20 pm

    Very cool shots!

  4. CathiC on August 29th, 2013 3:46 pm

    These are incredible! You are so talented – I am so jealous. 🙂

  5. Angella on September 11th, 2013 11:58 pm

    Love these! LOVE.

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