Macro photography is a whole new world, and one that requires very specialist equipment, incredible patience and a very steady hand.
It’s not something I’ve ever done to a high standard, but it’s always been very interesting to me. I love looking at things close-up; tiny insects and flowers look completely different when viewed at their level.
I took this picture of a slug on my front path with a smartphone in its ‘macro’ mode. I didn’t really think much of it until I reviewed the shot, and realised it’s caught three striking things: a large hole in the side of the slug, its iridescent underside (which I didn’t previously know existed), and an intrigued albino slug looking on in the background.
The photograph itself isn’t perfect, by any means, but it’s shown what we may otherwise think of as a garden menace in a different fascinating light.
On, then, to the thousands of pounds required for macro lenses, and the patience of a saint…..