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The winners of our Macro Photography Invitational 2011

May 26, 2011

On Facebook, Twitter, and our comments we asked for you to show us your best macro photo, and you responded in droves! Get ready for some serious eye candy!

Here are a dozen great macro shots provided by the Adorama Learning Center's incredibly talented readers.


Wizbren Velasquez Ang found this ant hanging on to a stick in a basin full of water right outside of his house one morning in the open shade. Using his Nikon D90 and a Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AS-D lens on a reversal ring, he shot at 1/125 second and f/11 at ISO 400, with the ambient light supplemented by the camera's pop-up flash.


Michelle Greene says “It's true—oil and vinegar don't mix.” This photo, of the point at which the oil and the vinegar met in a bottle of salad dressing, was shot with a handheld Canon 40D and Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro, backlit by window light. “I noticed this while cooking dinner,” she explained. “Dinner was a little late that night. I have my priorities.”


Edmund Dworakowski placed a Rolex GMT Master watch in a stainless steel colander, and shot away with his Nikon D300s and a Tokina 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens. Exposure: 1/3200 sec at f/3.8, ISO 200.



Joe Heath's micro abstract is, in fact, the hairs on the back of a moth! He captured this incredible detail with a Nikon D300, Sigma 150mm and a 2x teleconverter,  and lit it with two Nikon SB 600 Speedlights aimed through a paper tunnel over the subject. He then shot 19 times, using a macro focusing rail to alter focus points for each image, and stacked all 19 images using Zerene Stacker software. Exposure: 1/250 sec at f/11 at ISO 200.



Dawn Eshelman went to the bottom of the sea to get this underwater macro shot. She says she found this little guy on a shipwreck in Truk Lagoon, Micronesia. “I loved the way he was peeking out from under his shell!” Gear: Nikonos V, slide film, Nikon SB103 strobe. Exposure not recorded.


Sonnet Schultz photographed this individual snowflake on her glove last winter with an Olympus Stylus 1010 compact camera with a diopter mounted on the lens to achieve the super-macro focus.


Jim O'Sullivan caught this buzzy couple in the act with a Canon T1i and 50mm f/1.8 II lens with a 10x Macro filter attached. Exposure: 1/160 sec at f/4.5, ISO 200.



David Reagan caught this Robber Fly hovering with a Canon XSi and a 50mm f1.4 lens with a +2 Macro adapter. Exposure: 1/200 sec at f/7 with a 430EX II flash.  “ Insect photography is my passion, and anytime I can capture an action shot, I am particularly pleased,” he tells us.



Golden Vision Photos normally photographs pets, but in this case it's a close-up of a Button Bush Flower with a Canon 40D and 100mm f/2.8 macro lens. Exposure: 1/1000 sec at f/10 at ISO 800 under natural light.


Kristopher Johnson used a strobe to light this snail and photographed it with a Canon 5D and a 50mm macro lens and an extension tube. Shot at f/22. Photo © Deep Tank Studio 2011.


Joshua Delica shot this ant climbing up a leaf with a Nikon D60 with a reversed 18-55mm lens. Exposure 1/200 sec at f/5.6 and ISO 400.


And finally...Katie LaSalle-Lowery says a freezing fog in Yellowstone National Park's Hayden Valley deposited frost on this fennel-leaved Lomatium on an October morning. She caught this detail with a Fujifilm S5000 and a Raynox DCR-250 macro conversion lens. Exposure: Aperture priority, 1/480 sec at f/6.3 and ISO 200.


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