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Lens-Artists Photo Challange 130: “It’s a Small World”

This week’s Lens-Artists photo challenge is hosted by Anne and she takes us with her in the tiny world of macro photography. She’s right, one can discover a lot with a macro or even a micro lens. Macro photography is defined by everything up to a scale of 1:1. When using a lens able to use at scales between 1:10 and 10:1 you’re talking about micro photography.

A common macro lens is usually working up to the scale of 1:1. But, there are options available to boost the scale being this i.e. by involving extenders, bellows and reverse adapters. I own a set up extenders and a revers adapter und use them sometimes.

Below, I assembled a collection of images taken with my 105mm macro lens, a 35mm prime lens attached via retro adapter or with a 400mm telephoto lens by using extention tubes. You see, there are different ways to do macro photography. Btw. the easiest way is using a macro lens, but the most fascinating one is the retro adapter (end even the cheapest one😊). In case your interested in a howto, drop me a line and ask, what you want to know😊.

Btw. you can find many more examples here in my blog.

29 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challange 130: “It’s a Small World””

    1. Thank you so much, Jane. I don’t do it regularly, but planned, when I do it. I don’t ‘t like the effort, but I do like the results 😊. Doing macro without planning, results usually in bad images, not worth the spent effort. So, taking time for planning, setting up all the necessary equipment is annoying and tiring, but when doing it properly, the results can become outstanding. And, as with all photography topics: practice, practice, practice!

  1. Thank you for participating in this challenge Solander! We learn new things every day. I’ve never heard of 10:1 or 1:10 macro ratios. I’ll have to look it up. Gosh, I hope I don’t like it so much that I want another macro lens! Thanks for the further education.

    1. Thanks, Anne. Start with the text on macro photography in Wikipedia. If you want some more information either put it here or send me a mail

  2. Well Andre, you’ve outdone even yourself with these. The images that stand out in my mind are the lit match and the smoke – hmmm what does that say about me then?! I also loved all of your insects although the subjects are not my favorite LOL. Seriously, beautiful work.

    1. Thank you so much, Tina. Do you have recently read the fairytale „the little match girl“ by Hans-Christian Andersen 😊

  3. All wonderful but that drinking wasp OMG what great timing there. How long did you stand there waiting for that to happen?

    1. Thanks, Teresa. I saw the wasp coming every 20-30 minutes. She was always going to the same leaf. The water is for her breed. At that time they are so busy, they have no time to annoy us. Observe and do not try to harm or disturb them, aund you can get an Image. So, in the end, the effort wasn’t that great. Shot with an APS-C camera and my 105mm macro lens (~ 160mm on 35mm film or full-frame).

  4. Your gallery is absolutely fabulous, Andre. Stunning. I especially love the smoke and the flame and the guitar strings. I’m so glad you shared them with us.

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