Nature macro photography: Six-legged mountaineers and other treasures

This is such a wonderful time of year for taking pictures in the garden. I often think I would love a ‘proper’ macro lens but there’s a special kind of joy in using my cheap (and I do mean cheap – just over a tenner!) Polaroid macro lens attachment to capture beautiful details.

Colour macro photograph of an ant on the petals of a pink hydrangea flower. Shot with a Polaroid macro lens attachment on a Sony Alpha a550 dSLR.

I found this miniature mountaineer exploring the hydrangea. He was dashing about at high speed but stayed still long enough for me to take his picture. Ants are absolutely amazing creatures and super cute too, so I’m really happy to have met this little guy.

Colour macro photograph of a small purple flower against a background of green lawn grass. Shot with a Polaroid macro lens on a Sony Alpha a550 dSLR.

I saw this little purple beauty all alone on the lawn. I have no idea what it is but it was so pretty I had to take a picture to share. Can anyone help me identify it?

Colour macro photograph of a pink and yellow hydrangea flower. Shot with a Polaroid macro lens on a Sony Alpha a550 dSLR.

I am so in love with this hydrangea bush! It’s a new addition to our flower beds and every time I see its vibrant colours it makes me smile. It’s like a sunrise made of petals and one of my favourite ever impulse buys.

I share my photos on Instagram, so if you’re there as well, come and say hi so I can see your pictures too 🙂

6 thoughts on “Nature macro photography: Six-legged mountaineers and other treasures

  1. I love that you use just a screw-on thingie to capture these close-ups! I used to work with an extension tube in between the camera and lens, those are incredibly cheap as well but require manual focus. Nowadays I am very content with my Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro lens. The big differences between the tube and the lens are sharpness and the light. My lens produces much sharper photographs than the tubes and I have a lot more light hitting my sensor. I never really worked with a screw-on thingie, but I don’t think you can set the distance easily? With the tubes you can put in either all three of them or just one small, or a big, etc.

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    1. The screw-on attachment is super basic. It is what it is, no real option to alter anything apart from with the lens you’re attaching it to. It’s definitely not a serious macro tool but I love weird little gadgets and it’s definitely one of those 🙂

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      1. If you want to get into macro in a more serious way I definitely recommend the extension tubes! I got my first set for just 2 quid from ebay, but that was about 10 years ago so I don’t doubt they got more expensive since, but that’s also a fun little thing to play with, and it works with your existing lenses as well.

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          1. Brilliant! They’re tons of fun to play with! What I loved most about it is that by putting more tubes, you can get closer to your subject. It takes some practice, but once you get it… endless fun!

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