Dragonflies (and 1 butterfly); a blog about macro photography

These are some photos that I took in California and Plitvice National Park, USA and Croatia respectively. When taking photos like these of insects or wildlife I zoom my lens right in, take a photo, step forward, take another photo, and keep getting closer and closer until it flies away or runs off. By shooting in this way I guarantee to capture the creature but I also might get lucky and get a really nice close photo.

Trivia: I always associate ‘macro photography’ with photography of small things up close. But the word ‘macro’ itself is actually related to large things; so in the case of macro photography it is about a small thing being made larger.

According to wiki, “a macro lens is classically a lens capable of reproduction ratios greater than 1:1″ My lens has a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:4.34; so ‘classically’ it is not capable of macro.  However, I can still produce photos that show the insects larger than lifesize, so by some definitions this is still macro photography (even though the image on the film negative or photo sensor is not greater than life size as is the ‘classic’ way).

Definition of MACRO


1. Of great size; large.
2. Large in scope or extent; large-scale: a macro analysis of many reports.
Macro photography was invented by Fritz Goro, a German born American. It relates to extreme close-up photography usually of very small subjects, in which the size of the subject in the photograph is greater than life size

One thought on “Dragonflies (and 1 butterfly); a blog about macro photography

  1. Wow you must have snuck in close to the one with the big green eye! Good tip on taking the photo before moving in closer – I always scare away the target before getting a picture (maybe I need to be more quiet also).

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