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How the macro photographs are created
I find that one of the biggest challenges with creating "super" macro pictures, is the depth of sharpness for the object. This is also referred to as DOF (Depth Of Field).
I often use extension tubes plus a reversed lens (using a reversal ring adapter) and additionally close-up lenses. This to be able to come very close to the real small objects. The auto features of the camera are then, of course, not available any more.
One of my cameras and some of the macro equippment.
Since one has to set the aperture and the shutter speed manually, (according to the light conditions) and then try to manually focus, the challenge is to get a sharp picture. The closer you get, the more difficult it is to get a sharp focus. For example with an insect, if it or the camera moves 1 mm, the sharpness is gone.
A tripod is normally not an option. One has to set the aperture and the shutter speed. Hold the breath. Move the camera back and forth mm by mm. Then click, and hope for the best. Often the insect has disappeared, and you get an unsharp photo of a leaf. But sometimes you'll meet an insect that wants to be "famous" and is willing to cooperate. :-)
Another issue is also the over- / under- exposure that can occur when one comes so close to the object. The lens itself can then often influence the lighting conditions or even create a shadow. All of this has of course an affect the final result.
I've actually included these two pictures in the camera galleries
and also the bigger versions of the insects.