Challenge Your Camera #10 Close Up

I have always been interested in close up or macro photography. It was a hobby I followed with my daughter, Sharon, from when she was about 9 years old. I had a “very large” camera, I think it was an Olympus and one you had to load with film. We took it everywhere with us, especially on nature walks through woods and forests, following rivers, around lakes and over moors and heaths. If you remember the late David Bellamy he was an inspiration to us and we would often “grub around” in the grass, leaves and soil looking for small things we had seen close up on his TV programmes. This led us to buy some macro rings that you fitted between camera and lens to allow you to get really close to something and still be able to focus. And that led us into the world of microscopic fungi, those tiny yellow, orange or red dots you often see on dead wood or trees. What is staggering is that many of these dots are mushroom shaped and you can only see that if you have a microscope or macro rings. Sadly we have lost the actual photos from those ramblings, no digital in those days, but our interest has persisted.

Macro photography can be very difficult without specialist equipment, the iPhone isn’t really geared up for it but there ARE small lenses you can clip onto the phone or use an app such as Camera+2. So, HOW CLOSE CAN YOU GO? That’s the challenge this week, try to discover the limits of your phone or digital camera, because if you don’t try you will never know! Here’s a few of my own, all done with iPhone except the last one and all from nature:

The Bee!
Water droplets on moss
Ladybird and Shield Bug on leaf
Water droplet on a twig, note the upside down image of trees through the drop

Last Week’s Roll of Honour #9 The kitchen

Thank you everyone

Can I please remind everyone to add the hashtag #challengeyourcamera to your posts, it helps me to search for all who’ve posted so I don’t miss anyone out. Also, image 2 in my own post was a knife sharpener, look closely and you will see the groove where the knife fits.

Each week I am selecting a single theme to point my camera at or display a few photos from my collection as a way to brighten up the week as we enter a new year which we all hope will be brighter than the last. If you would like to join me in #challengeyourcamera then here’s what to do:

1. Follow me to discover the weekly theme I have chosen.
2. Select a few photos related to the week’s theme
3. Post your own photos that week, any day you like.
4. Include a caption with each photo so we know what/where it is
5. Include a link to my blog in your post so that I am notified and can follow you back
6. Add a pingback/link to YOUR post in the comment section of MY post on that weeks theme.
7. Include the tag #challengeyourcamera

1. I will follow you back
2. I will encourage other posters to follow you
3. I will list each blogger in my weekly post in arrears

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37 replies

    • I’ve tried to post this comment on your blog but it won’t let me! It keeps saying “duplicate comment you’ve already posted that” so here’s what I was trying to say: It’s very difficult to get a macro photo of something that’s moving. The best way to practice is at home, you have complete control in that case, you can put some object on a table, rest your elbows on a table for steadiness then fire away. Choose different objects and test the limits of your iPhone by moving closer no zoom, then move back say 6” and zoom in. Try it.


  1. The last photo is just amazing

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  2. My pingback seems not to have worked, so here is my contribution to your prompt:


  3. Beautiful close-ups. I have been fairly successful getting close-ups with my iPhone but I have to admit that they are not as detailed as yours.

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  4. Fantastic ! My favorite is the drop of water with the upside down and minimalist reflection of the trees.

    This is my entry


  5. That drop of water photo with the reflected trees is amazing! I also love the bumble bee on the zinnia!

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  6. I so adore your water drop photos. These are wonderful examples to get us all inspired.
    Here is my entry for the week. Enjoy!

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  7. I love your photo of the moss, and the two bugs on a leaf 🙂

    I think I’ve stayed closer to the spirit of your theme this week:

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  8. Fantastic clicks Dr.B.
    At first my impression was,you used macro lens.
    Pictures are so sharp and crisp.
    Love all the clicks especially the bugs on the green leaf.
    Thank you for the inspiration.

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  9. I love the details of macro photography and admire the skills required for it.

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    • Thank you 🙏 Do give this a really good “go” Sheree, push your phone and camera to its limits, go right inside a flower rather than the flower head for example. If it’s blurred, don’t worry about it, see how far BACK you need to go before it does focus. That’s challenging your camera. Publish all, blurred to focused, it would be interesting to see.

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  10. Enjoyed and commenting on your blog at present 👍👏



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