One mushroom was harmed in the making of this photo.

Shot Details:
Nikon D3000, with a reversed 50mm 1.8.


- Anup

Hi Gizmodo,

it was raining buckets and i thought it would be great to take a shot of a raindrop. Sadly i have no macro lens. So i took my old Canon 18-55 3.5-5.3 and holded it backwards to my 550d.
I went outside like this and took about 50 photos to get the perfect drop. After that i was completley wet but it was fun and worth.
Best regards from Germany Andi


1/4000 sec
55mm backwards
iso 6400
f shoud be 5.3 but i'm not sure
lens Canon 18-55mm 3.5-5.3
Canon 550d

- Andi


Please find entry attached. A little back story...

I won't lie... I took quite a few shots for this contest. Old coins, flowers, finger prints, mouldy jam... Even a lego mans eye?! But in the end I loved this shot the most. I took it whilst testing the 'front to front' technique I used. It is the title bar of the Gizmodo web page showing 'Shooting Challenge: Macro'. I like that you can see the individual colours making up the pixels on the screen.


Canon 400D. Lenses were a Canon EF 70-300 with an OM series Zuiko 50mm f1.8 reversed (taped!) on the front . 1/60th at f5.6 and f1.8. ISO 400.


- Michael Dean

Hi Gizmodo :)

I made this photo using a Canon 550D with the 18-55mm kit lens (1/60, 55mm, ISO 200, f/5.6). I bounced the built-in flash off the ceiling with a white card.
This is a small figurine(don't know if this is the right word) of a pirate, whose head has fallen off and glued several times during the years (you can see the crack below his mouth). The photo is kind of a mix from the previous contests. It's a macro portrait taken from the first attempt (i made quite a few photos but I liked the first one the most).


- Victor Stanchev

Nikon D5000
1/640 s
ISO 250

My golden hour macro fixed gear.

We had a lot of fun shooting all kinds of bugs and spiders but none of them were as nice as my fixed gear glistening in the early evening sun.

Thank you.

- Christopher Phillips

Took this photo in the garden was a nice sunny day :) sony nex 5 3.5 1/2500 iso 1600

- Sam Ross

I was walking in a Forest and wanted to take some Flower pictures. With a little luck, i found this little chap sitting on a tiny flower. Fortunately, he was quite patient with me, and he did not mind be shot several times :-)
The Picture is taken with a Nikon D300. The mounted Lens was the 105 macro from Nikkor.
Aperture F11, Shutter speed 1/125 ISO 200, SB900, handheld
Best regards

- Markus

I was very keen to see the results for this contest as I'm sure there will be so many exellent examples!
For me it was a bit difficult as I don't have a Macro lens but am so used to shooting DSLR, that when I had to use the P&S I all of a sudden felt that I had no real chance (I guess we'll see :) ) but nevertheless I was very impressed with how close the P&S comes.
This is a piece of an LCD screen.
Camera Panasonic, Lumix DMC TZ-7.
Shot in Macro zoom mode
4.1 mm @ f4.0, ISO 100.


- Nils

I call this "Old home" :), I used a d5000 body with a 50mm 1.8d at f/16 with extension tubes, iso of 1600, shutter speed of 4 seconds. I recently got the ext tubes for macro of flowers, but since macro is so narrowly used for either insects or flowers I figure I have to find another subject.

- Winston Roxas

Photo Description:
After days of relentless rain, I captured this picture on a foggy morning after the weather finally cut to a light drizzle. I was amazed at the detail in the branch and the drops of rain hanging from the spider webs. Kneeling in the rain soaked grass, I used my Nikon D3100 set at a shutter speed of 1/125s, aperture f/5.6, and ISO 100. I enjoyed this photo most because it showed that nature's beauty persists even on rainy days, we just need to look a little closer.

This is my first submission so I apologize for any inconvenience.

Thank You,

- Casey

This shot is of a Serviceberry bush, taken in the Washoe Valley in northern Nevada. As far as equipment, I was shooting with a Nikon D300, using an 18-200mm lens, and crouching down to get the right angle and the right light to get the shot. I found this flower while I was on a short day hike with my wife and son at a location called Deadman's Creek. I chose this particular shot because it helps to showcase the fact that while I do live in the Nevada desert, it's not all just barren rocks and sagebrush out here.

Technical Details:
ISO 200
Focal Length 200mm
Nikon D300
18-200mm f/3.5 - f/5.6

- Dave Freeman

When I decided to submit a photo for this challenge, I swore I would not use a bug. Bugs are so trite. But I found this guy dying in the lawn while I was doing my pre-mowing walk through. I placed him on a patio so that he wouldn't get chopped to bits. He was near death and hardly able to move when I spread myself out on the ground to take this shot. Good choice because the lizards I was planning on using were far less cooperative this weekend.

Canon 5D MkII, Sigma EF 50mm Compact Macro, 1/20, f/20, ISO800.

- Terry Brownell

I live in East TN and currently we are having some great mornings filled with a heavy Dew. I got out early before sunrise on a search for anything dew covered as that tends to make everything look a little more spectacular and sometimes Alien. I took what I thought were several good photos and put them on my facebook for my friends to pick which to submit to Gizmodo. After they had a chance to vote I ended up choosing this photo (that didnt even get one vote from them). While its probably not my best shot from the morning, I guess I chose it because I had never seen a damsel fly with such a large accumulation of dew under its belly. This one was thrashing around trying to dislodge it from its chest and I snapped this pic just as it crashed into the leaf. However, the dew never came off and it wasnt until it lost its balance and fell from the grass blade that the large drop fell off. I have several photos of this sequence on this photos flickr page seen here: I shoot all of my macro photos handheld and this one was no exception. I took this with the Canon T2i using the 100mm 2.8 and 2 Opteka Extension tubes. I had my 430EX on a Hakuba LH-1 flash bracket with a homemade paper towel diffuser, shot at ISO 200 f/11 and 1/200. No crop was needed but I did sharpen this in Lightroom.

- Drew Eldridge

I took this photo using an Olympus SP-55OUZ, it's not a professional camera of anything so it's not that great and it's not interchangeable lens. To take the picture I just set it on macro and took about 50 shots until it was just right, but before i took like 100 pictures of flowers until I thought of my dog and that she would make a great picture. The picture is the eye of my amazing 9 year old Australian Shepherd named Sydney, she's the best, which is why she stayed so still with a camera in her face!

- Corey Palmer

Dear Gizmodo,

I was in granville island in vancouver and had some free time yesterday afternoon. I was looking at doing some landscape photography of the cirrus clouds and decided I would try the photography challenge with macro. I have always thought that pink is such a vibrant colour that is under utilizaed in photography. I ended up using a canon 60d, shutter speed 1/200. f 5.6, 200mm focal length, iso 100,

- John Mastrella

Canon EOS 550D
Tamron AF 70-300MM F/4-5.6 LD Macro

I shot this wasp yesterday on a sunny day in my back garden. I got this little old wooden table in my garden which seams to attract wasps, everytime the sun shines several wasp are working in shifts on eating my table ;-). I believe they use the wood for building their nests.

Kind regards,

- Luc van Soest

Shooting Summary
Camera: Nikon D3000
Lens: 18-55mm
Exposure: 1/50 sec
ISO: 100
Taken using a lens reverser so no aperture info.


I figure most of the macro photos in this contest will be flowers and I wanted to do something more original, but after a light rain, these orange tulips with a light dusting of raindrops were too beautiful to pass up. Thanks!

- Rachel Weiss

Camera : Canon rebel T2i.
Lens : Canon 60mm USM Macro
F : 2.8
Speed : 250
ISO : 800

Title : That 70's Groovy Legos, baby !
History behind the shoot :

I was looking for the usual suspects of macro photography, but the weather is getting colder around here, and today we had some rain, very overcast skies and so on... So, no Bugs, No flowers, No color full things. I turn my attention to a old and rusty fence, and after a few exploratory shots, I found this twisted and rusty wire quite interesting for a macro picture.

Cheers !

- José Gustavo Z. Rosa

Canon T2i, ISO 200, 100mm, f/5, 1/160

I went out with the intention of capturing an insect in it's natural habitat... after an hour long search, I have NO IDEA where all the insects went for the day... none were to be found near my home :-S.

With that idea out the window, I went for flowers and dandelions with excellent results. Ultimately, however, this very dirty traffic cone in Coolidge Corner (that maybe didn't even require the 100mm macro lens) ended up being my favorite for submission.

Can't wait to see the results of this one! Macro lenses are sick.

- Diego Jimenez

Lousy weather in Montréal, I said to myself let's take a walk outside anyway and see what macroworld as to offer for Gizmodo's shooting challenge.


I took 28 shots of mainly flowers with water drops around my house, this one is not a flower... but it stands out because of the ambiance and background. I came back with a smile and damp shoes!

Nikon D7000, Nikkor 105mm micro f5.6 1/125sec ISO 400

Processed in a lightroom preset.

Thank you

- Jean-Charles Labelle d.d.

This weeks challenge, was, well, a challenge. I do not have (yet) a macro lens for my Canon EOS Rebel T2i. In fact, the only lens I have is the 18 to 55 mm lens that came with the camera, so I am rather limited to the amount of magnification I could get. To compensate for this I tried taking photos through a magnifying glass. That was some what successful, but not satisfactory. The focal depth was just too narrow to be clear.


Subject matter was also difficult. I wanted something that is not ordinary in that it is something most people probably (I hope) never really see. Most marco photography is usually a close-up of something familiar, but it is the closeness that makes it unfamiliar. Then I had an idea. A while back I had taken some of my sons' Play-Doh to the office to make ammo for a little catapult I had for a while. I had forgotten about it, and then when cleaning out a filing cabinet, I found it. When I opened the can, I found the red Play-Doh covered in these whitish clear crystals that have grown out of (or did they precipitate from outgassing on to?) the Play-Doh. It was something very different, and rather interesting. So I had my youngest to search his closet for a can of Play-Doh that has crystallized. He found two cans, one white, one black. The white one just did not photograph well, but the black one worked.

Now I had to figure out how to get a good photo. I played with various methods of lighting, but was not satisfied. Then I remembered seeing something on Gizmodo a while back on making a circular light rig for macro shooting. Three years ago I bought several battery operated LED Light Strings for Halloween (I float them with a number of helium balloons on moonless Halloween nights). So I took some card board from a recent purchase, and cut out a strip and formed a circle out of it to fit the lens of my camera. I then tapped the led string to the card board to create a circular light ( I took a number of shots, but still was not completely satisfied. I then remembered the A-DEP setting on the camera. I tried switching to that from Manual to increase the depth of field of the photo, and began to play again with the lighting until I got a shot I liked. So I present clear to white crystals (that look strongly of gypsum or selenite crystals) that have grown from black Play-Doh.

John Hays
Rio Rico, Arizona


Taken on May 15, 2011 at 11.53am MST
Posted to Flickr May 15, 2011 at 12.56PM MST
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- John Hays

Shot with a Canon T1i with an EF-s18-55mm kit lens at a focal length
of 55mm. 0.5 sec exposure at f8, ISO 100 bouncing an external flash
off a sheet of paper to the right. This was done for a
photo a couple of days ago. My wife had received some new Malabrigo
yarn colors to demo for them so I thought this would make a good shot.

- Adam Drennan

Rain fell just before I set out to search for some tiny nature's models to pose for the Gizmodo Macro challenge. I noticed the peony buds were crawling with life and were just about perfect for the challenge; small black ants were crawling all around the peony buds, enjoying their life in abundance of sweet resin exuded on the flower buds and water drops. I snapped a few photos and in the end chose to send this one.

Settings: Canon EOS 60D, Canon EF 100mm lens, ISO 800, f5.6, 1/250sec, 100mm

- Janja Nikolic

My preference would have been to go out and get a picture of the wasps building a nest outside, but my six year-old wanted to take LEGO pictures. The challenge here was increasing the depth of field enough to get some of the background behind this fight. I ended up closing the lens to f32 and setting a 5.0 second time exposure. The flashes served to give some highlights to the minifigs. Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM. ISO 400, 100mm, f/32, 5.0s, stabilization off, three Canon 580EXII Speedlites (master flash off, two slaves), remote shutter release, light tent.

- Rick Bollar

This is my first shooting challenge and it was a good excuse to brush the dust off of my macro lens. I don't use it nearly as much as I should. I was just walking around the outside of my house taking pictures of some of the plants that are in bloom. The bleeding hearts caught my eye and this was the result. Shot with a Canon XSI, Canon EF 100mm Macro, ISO: 800, F/2.8, Exposure: 0.5 secs, Canon 430EX Speedlite.

- Jesse Butler

This leaf is from a squash plant start. It had just opened a few days ago and I liked all the little hairs on it. I wanted to accentuate them and ended up back lighting the leaf causing the hairs to glow. I used a small spot light that I hand held about a foot directly behind the leaf. Even though my hand should be visible in the frame the brightness of the light caused it to fade into the black. The only post processing I've done is a crop, sharpen, and a slight exposure adjustment. Canon T2i, 55mm, f/20, 1/40 sec, ISO 100.

- Ben Hugeback

Nikon D60
Sigma 105mm Macro
Zeikos36mm, 20mm and 12mm extension tubes
SB 600 Flash
ISO 400


I was super excited about this challenge as I got a macro lens a couple months ago. I wanted to get some crazy close-ups, so I went out and picked up some relatively inexpensive extension tubes. I had seen some cool shots in the past of flowers refracted in water droplets and set out to capture my own. I used an eye dropper to create the droplets on a leaf, positioned my camera on a tripod so it was shooting slightly up at the droplets and held the flower behind and slightly above the droplet. Getting the droplets to stay on the leaf and finding the correct angle was a painstaking process - I spent about 4 hours setting up and shooting. I had a bunch of good captures but decided I wanted to do something a little different than the standard macro refraction. I set up a shot that I liked with the three droplets, held a pink flower behind it and used a remote to trigger the shutter. I duplicated the shot two more times holding a blue flower then an orange flower behind the droplets. I stacked the images in Photoshop and used layer masks to bring out the three different colored flowers. I tried to represent all the different colored flowers in the background, but blending them together looked bad so I just went with the pink one. Pretty pleased with the final result.

- John

Hi Gizmodo!

Canon EOS 400D
Canon Standard 18-55mm reversed using reversing ring
ISO 400
Exposure time 1/20


This idea came out of another weekly photo competition, the theme being 'Balloons', so I spent a great fun filled afternoon trying to take photos of balloons!

This lead to my close up shot entered for the Macro competition. I really liked the vibrant blue of the image, and abstract lines of the composition, which doesn't reveal itself straight away.

Many thanks,

- Kathryn

Spring is here which means it is Macro season. I took a lot of pictures of tiny bugs and nice flowers but they just didn't appeal to me. Spring in the Midwest also means that it is dandelion season. I decided to take some shots of this one and out of all the pictures today this dandelion was the most compelling to me. It's probably also the reason why my whole family is sneezing and sniffling but that's another story… I used my Nikon D7000 and my new Tamron 60mm Macro lens. I really like the lens by the way. I used the manual setting, f/13, ISO 100 and 1/250s for the shutter. The smaller aperture allowed the background to fade away into a nice green/black void that I like. The smaller picture is untouched, no post processing, and the larger one is sharpened a bit. Thanks.

- Pete

Camera: Canon 400D
Lens: 18-55mm (with reversing ring)
ISO: 400
Shutter Speed: 1/100

Flower Stigma and Petal

On this shot I used a reversing ring to reverse the lens thereby creating a macro zoom. The only drawback is the depth of field is extremely narrow and reversing the lens means all focus has to be done manually. What caught my eye is the fantastic colours that the flower produce. They seem to have a glowing fluorescent quality to them.

- Jason Stanley

I shot this with an 19-55mm Canon lens reversed for the macro effect. It is very tricky getting it into focus. This is the center of a daisy.

- Jennifer Bartels

I took this with my Canon T2i and 18-135mm zoom lens

After looking forward to the summer for months I finally got home to our lakehouse in Texas, and got to go out on a boat ride. The sun was setting over the lake, the wind was blowing, and as we zipped along I found myself staring at this little bolt that held part of the boat together, so I took a picture of it.

- Allison Boos

It was great timing for a macro challenge because I was planning on visiting my girlfriend's place where her parents' award winning garden was. On top of that it was a rainy weekend so (in between raining periods) I had great lighting to take pictures of the garden. The property is on Lake Huron which meant a lot of wind and a lot of trouble getting any flowers or leaves to sit still. I was playing around with aperture priority mode for most of the day but I think this shot was just the "close-up" option on the mode dial. My girlfriend thinks that the flower in the photo is a daffodil but we're not entirely sure.
Canon Rebel T2i, Sigma 17-70mm lens, f/4, 1/100sec, ISO-160

- Mike Nyman

I shot these with my canon t1i and my 50mm f1.8 lens. I read the article about spacers and magnifiers, and decided I wanted to try something like that, but I didn't want to buy or make a spacer, so I freelensed instead. The picture is of a valve spring from a Subaru Forester lit by a flashlight shining through some sunglasses.

- Jason Fairchild

Once again this weekend I was camping at my friends land up in Vermont, and decided to use the setting for the photo challenge. This picture is of a glass bottle, most likely 30+ years old that we found down by the abandoned and now grown over former campsite. It has been sitting on the same log since I started visiting the land a few years ago (and most likely many years before that), and has a fully formed ecosystem growing inside of it.


Photo was taken with a Panasonic GF1, at f/1.7, 1/125, and ISO-100. It is in square format because that is the fastest way I can shoot 1:1.

- Ben Ozug

I took this in my front yard Saturday morning after work using a Nikon D300 w/Nikkor 16-85mm VR. Settings were ISO200, f8, 1/500/s and 85mm. The bee's were moving way too much to even think about a tripod and manual focus, so it is hand help with manual exposure but auto focus.

- Clark White

These little garden spiders, (no clue as to species but they are about 1/4 inch in length from tip of back leg to tip of foreleg, have a Steel Your Face looking marking on their abdomen, see picture in the original Macro Shooting Challenge thread for detail), caught this image after spider caught fly and a short burst of rain, really like how it turned out.


Sony SLT-A33 w/ kit lense and a 10X macro filter, color corrected and enhanced saturation in Sony PMB.
F 5.6
Lens Focal Length 55 mm
Shutter Speed 1/160 sec
ISO 640

- Felonious Max

Hi... Took this on the one sunny day in weeks... I was strolling around in Ravenswood Park in Gloucester, MA


hoping to catch a bug off guard... Actually I was just hoping to see a bug, because the temp's have been averaging around 50'

with lots of rain so far this spring... not good bug weather... any way... I was shooting this flower and, up the stalk came this Ant...

I was shooting with my Canon 60D, with a 100mm Tokina 2.8 macro lens... the ISO was 100 ... at F/5 and 100th of a second...


Distance to the Ant from the Lens, was 300mm. I had the camera mounted on a Manfrotto Pistol Grip Ball Head, on a Manfrotto Tripod.

I was able to record quite a few Insects over the course of the morning... but I ended up liking this one more than any of the others.

- Charlie

Shot with a Canon EOS Rebel T2i with an EFS 55-250mm lens with a exposure of 1/400 sec at f/6.3 and an ISO of 2000.


I've seen the photo challenge every week and have either never had the time to take a picture or have had a great one on file that is too old to use. This week, I decided that I would finally get outside and get a picture. I love macro photography, and I love taking pictures of flowers. I think that they are so different up close and it make you appreciate the intricacy of some flowers when you can see them as if you were their size. I took about 100 photos and decided that I liked this one the best since it had a bright red insect in it which went nicely with the blue and purple. I had a really hard time choosing just one photo to submit. In the end, this was what the rest of my family liked the best.


- Nicholas

Nikon D3100, Kit Lens with cheapo .65x wide angle camcorder lens held in front of it, ISO-1600


Finally said to hell with the point and shoots. Splurged on a D3100 and haven't looked back.

I was trying to get the cheerio but ended up getting his thumb print in focus. Oh well, I still think it is an awesome shot.


- Nick Peach


I like to keep things simple, so going outside and hunting for a cool bug to shoot or a flower was not part of my plan. So I took something off my desk and took a much closer look.


What you are looking at is a cheap tote bag that I picked up from CES. Then to even get a deeper look, I added a drop of water that magnifies the fabric below it.

NO post work, as it.

Took on a Sony SLT-A55V Alpha.
Lens: 30mm f2.8 Macro SAM (Great little lens)
F/22 (like DOF)
Desk lap for light, you can see it on the water drop in the middle.

- Derek Van Beber

I found this fly on the outside wall of my house, waiting for the Vancouver rain to stop.


Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Nikon 105mm AF-D f/2.8
ISO: 800
Exposure: 1/400 sec at f/7.1
Flash: did not fire

- Sam To

Here, in the southern U.S., this week's shooting challenge coincides with the appearance of "The Great Southern Brood" of periodical cicadas. For 13 years, these critters have been developing underground, waiting to emerge by the billions to molt into their final form, find a mate, and continue the great cycle of life.
Nikon D70s, 60mm Micro-Nikkor with 6T closeup lens, ISO 720, 1/125sec at f/4.

- Mark Reddick

Perhaps it's just me, but as a rather heavy-handed pianist, there are few things I enjoy more in sheet music than permission to play louder.... Just reaching those points in the music where it demands more! More!!! Forte. It's just more fun that way — and here is one such moment.

Nikon D5000 with reversed 50mm prime, 1/100, F/2.4...ish

- Ted Monchamp

Joints on a crab body. Found while walking around on a fisherman's beach on the island Curacao.


Sony DSC-F828
ISO 64
Focal length: The f828 lens was at full extend (200mm equiv) and i reversed an Olympus OM Zuiko 50mm at f1.4 on it. Which is the cause of the vignetting there too.

- Omar Kuwas

Hello Gizmodo,

A friend of mine was getting tattooed this weekend and I was shooting away documenting his monumental occasion of him getting tattooed for the first time. I was snapping away with my 50mm and wondered if I could flip my lens, manually hold it over the sensor and shoot away to capture the needle going in and out. I couldn't ask the artist to stop in one spot so I followed him and adjusted my position to get the focus as best I could. I figured there would be some motion blurring with all the factors (holding the lens while shooting, me moving and the artist moving) but I ended up with his shot with the needle pushing the ink into the skin. I thought it was interesting to capture something moving so fast.

The white line is the needle, gray blur is the ink coming out of the tattoo gun.

Camera: Canon 7D
Lens: Canon 50/1.4 flipped
F: N/A
Exp: 1/250
ISO: 400


- Mike Thompson

Hey Gizmodo,
I've been following your photography contest for something like a year now, and have finally gotten up the time/courage for a submission. Not my best, but it's something I like.


Photo setup:
Canon Xti
Canon EF 100-300mm lens.
Tiffen stackable close up lenses: +4 and +2 stacked and attached. +1 still in the bag.
Settings: 1/125, F/11, ISO: 200

Story: My wife gave birth to our first child, a little girl, about four months ago and she's been the center of my photography since. We were at a spring time carnival type event this weekend, and we were taking a break under at large white tent when I seized the opportunity of my daughter's nap. Instead of noticing her cuteness, photo nerd had taken over my brain and I rather noticed the diffusing qualities of the tent on her face. I threw my closeups on my lens of choice at the time (telephoto) and played around. The eyelash photos turned out pretty good and the ear photos were nice, but it was the nose, complete with dried bugger bits, that really got me. So for my first photo submission: my 4 month old daughter's snout. I own no real editing software, so only some lighting adjustments were made to the photo.


- Steven Shelton

I wasn't going to try this challenge primarily because the forecast
was calling for rain all weekend. I some how found my self walking
around the local arboretum looking at the new flowers. I was getting
tired of lugging around my tripod and decided to take it off and take
some hand held photos. While taking this shot I didn't think much of
it and after looking at it on the display (very small on the S2 Pro) I
figured it was just an ok shot. When I got home it turned out to be
one of the best shots of my day. I took this photo with my Fuji S2 Pro
and my 55-200mm at f22 1/20 with some slight modifications to make it
get closer. I had to crop the image a bit since my add-on got in the
picture but still a nice shot.

- Michael Bailey

Bereft of any specialized macro equipment, I decided to shoot a photo as close I could focus and crop it down later. This shot is of a pocket-watch my grandfather gave me. The photo was taken with a Canon T2i and a 18-55mm kit lens. I attempted to make a macro flash diffuser using a poster tube, rubber bands, and wax paper. This did not work very well with the pop-up flash. This particular shot was lit by taking that make-shift flash diffuser and putting it over a mag light.

Shutter Speed: 1/15
ISO: 500
Focal Length: 55mm
Aperture: f/8.0

- Davy Allred

Hi Gizmodo!

I had been trying for a few days to get a nice macro image, but was epicly failing and getting fuzzy images(of stuff that's incredibly boring anyways). Eventually my bestfriend recommended a new way so I could reduce the shaking... and it worked! So for my submission I used my Canon 450D and my 1.8 50mm lens. Besides that I also inverted a 1.4 50mm lens on top of the one attached to the camera body. ISO was at 800, exposure was 1/30sec at f2.2 and I also used flash. Additionally I put the wasp(which I had previously killed, with an electrical tennis racket, this morning) on top of a my iPhone after I had turned on the flashlight at about 45%

- Crystal Boomgaart

Shot with Nikon D70, sigma 28-135mm macro lens, f5.6, ISO 1250 (I didn't have a tripod with me, and it was sort of dim).


Every day, I arrive at the building where I work, stroll through the lobby, and push a button to summon an elevator. Each day, I patiently wait for the elevator, ready to start my workday, and each day I walk into the elevator, push the button for floor 2, and lean against the elevator wall, not remembering that the walls are carpeted with this godforsaken material. I don't know what it was with architecture and interior design in the '70s, but I'd love to meet the person who thought an office elevator would somehow be more appealing when covered with carpeting that has the texture of scratchy fur. Often, I start my day wondering if a pack of feral cats gave their lives to cover the barren walls of our elevators.

- Zameer Abedin

Nikon D700
ISO 320
1.3 seconds

I've fallen in love with toy photos. This macro challenge presented an opportunity to use a toy car we found in a drawer last week. A few more items grabbed from nearby and this miniature dream world was created.

- Jacqui Roy

I saw this dandelion puff ball in my yard and so I went out and picked it
before it more seeds spread around the yard. Looking at it I thought it
would make an interesting macro shot as there was some interesting geometry
in the arrangement of the seeds and filaments. So I started photographing
and came up with this shot. I took four photos, slightly adjusting the
focus each time, to get the various depths in focus. I then used a stacking
program I found on the web to merge everything together into single photo
with pretty nice depth of field. I hope the use of CombineZM which is a
free program to do the merging of the four photos into one is within the
rules of the contest.

Camera was Nikon D90 with 60mm Nikkor Micro lens

- Duane Sager

This was a tough pick for me. I shot some fantastic flower shots
(IMO) and a few other interesting items but decided against submitting any
of them because I figured that the subject matter would probably be well
covered by others. On top of that, my kids liked this one the best (go
figure) We have been getting quite a lot of rain and these mushrooms are
coming up everywhere. Mushrooms and Mario/I needed some color.
Shot with Lumix GH2, Nikkor 55mm Macro (110 mm effective focal length) ISO
160 f8 (+or-) 1/30th sec.

- Tim Hammer

This photo was taken with a backwards Canon 50mm f/1.8 held onto the front of my Canon XTi, ISO 800, 1/80s. Because I wear glasses, I'm always struggling with getting in-focus shots without the use of autofocus, and this shot was no exception. No matter what I tried I kept feeling that I wasn't getting sharp images. Of course the fact that I had the lens on the camera backwards probably wasn't helping matters. :) The setup here was basically my camera on a tripod in front of a table, with the watch (LUM-TEC Combat B3, one of my favorite) sitting under a bright desk lamp a couple inches from the lens. The hardest part was probably getting the watch face close to parallel with the lens - the shallow depth of field afforded by f/1.8 made getting a lot of the watch face in-focus difficult.

- Shaun Wrightson