In nature it’s often the tiniest details that are the most beautiful, but they’re also the easiest things to miss. I guess it’s a case of “can’t see the trees for the forest”.

As a hiker and wannabe photographer, it’s so easy to come home from a hike with a memory card full of landscape shots. I should know – I always do. What’s trickier is finding (and framing) those minute details – moss, bark, fungi, insects – that aren’t immediately apparent.

In the days before digital photography, shooting macro meant buying (and worse still, carrying around) lots of camera equipment… Lenses, tubes, bellows. It sounds extremely expensive, and painfully heavy.

These days though, similar effects can be achieved with the in-built macro mode on most cameras, and enhanced further with relatively inexpensive digital SLR lenses. All this technology certainly has its benefits.

I’ve done very little macro photography myself, but it’s something I’ve been wanting to get into. I recently took to Flickr in search of macro photography inspiration, so I decided to share some of my awesome finds with you. I hope they inspire you as much as they have me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you experimented with macro photography? Got any tips for someone starting out? Let me know by commenting below.

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