Macrophotography by Using A Magnifying Glass

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Few weeks ago one friend of mine at Kampretklik group suggested me to use a magnifying glass in order to produce macro images as one of his friend does it. The reason why he suggested me to use it instead of 50 mm lens, which I cannot afford it at the moment, is because I am keen to take pictures of small objects such as insects or something like that. It is pretty obvious that I cannot produce macro images with my Kodak Easy Share C713 for the objects that its dimension is about one cm or less.

So currently I am experimenting and still practicing to shoot macro images by combining my camera with my 60 mm and 5x of magnifying glass.

Here some of my results:

My macro using magnifying glass

Lotus corniculatus or Bird’s-foot-trefoil

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My macro using magnifying glass

The bee, the fly, and garden grape-hyacinth flower (Muscari armeniacum)

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My macro using magnifying glass

The bee and the flower that been torn by.

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My macro using magnifying glass

The fly on the grass.

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My macro using magnifying glass

A pair of ladybirds or ladybugs or 'kumbang koksi/kepik' in Indonesian.

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Candid Photography: When A Bee Have Sunbathing

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I was busy taking pictures of Freesia flowers when I saw one big bee was flying around from one flower to another one. I am not quite sure whether this bee is sort of Western honey bee (European honey bee).

Finally she landed on one flower for collecting nectar. I was observing her whilst standing still nearby. I then decided to approach her closely.

 “Hello there. What are you doing?” I whispered to the bee.

Sunbathing Bee

"Look at you! The buds all over your body!"

I squatted down and observed still.

Sunbathing Bee

"You are not finish yet, eh, are you?"

I decided to leave her on her own for a while and took some pictures of the flowers around without giving too much noise. I just didn’t want to disturb her.

Then I came back to check her…

Sunbathing Bee

"Oh! You are tired. I bet you are full right now. Enjoy the sunbathing, mate!"

When I was enjoying her sleeping then she started to move and all of sudden I saw her stood up right in front of me!

Sunbathing Bee

"What are you doing here? Are you stalking on me? Are you taking a candid picture of me?" asked the bee to me.

It was the first day in March 2012. Welcome to the spring!

*Camera: Kodak Easy Share C713

A Summer Couple

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I took these pictures in the summer where I was practicing a lot to take close up pictures. I always love to see the close up pictures of the insects or flowers and these ones were my first experience to capture the moment between the bee and the flower. I used my Samsung Digimax A7 camera.

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My flower and the bee1

A summer couple

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My flower and the bee2

A summer couple

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My flower and the bee3

A summer couple

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My flower and the bee4

A summer couple (This one is quite blur)

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Where there is a flower, there is a bee.

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Photos by Inge, Summer 2008, Liverpool, United Kingdom