Brilliant Macro Photos of the Natural World

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While Miki Asai’s incredible work is not lacking exposure over the internet, appearing in sites like Pinterest, 500px and Bored Panda, little is known about this talented macro photographer who hails from Hokkaido Japan. Asai manages to flawlessly capture insects like ants, flowers and water droplets in her own backyard.

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“I’m a Hokkaido, Japan based nature and macro photographer. Through a macro lens, I am trying to show the beautiful world of the small. I am always surprised when I look through the camera’s viewfinder to see things normally unseen.”  Hokkaido is on an island situated on the northern side of the country.

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She revealed in a recent interview in 500px that her passion to shoot macro images all began when she got her first macro lens and began taking shots in her private garden. “I learned that when it comes to living things—if you want to achieve the shot that’s in your head—patience is really the only way,” she related. “I’ve been asked by others how I control ants, but humans shouldn’t be able to control them. You’ve got to use a tripod, an appropriate shutter speed and depth of field, then rely on your own passion and patience.”

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Asai also shared how she initially discovered a desire to shoot things found in her garden.  “As I was looking through the viewfinder, I noticed there were beautiful raindrops and a tiny ant walking through the frame. I might not have even seen it if I wasn’t using a macro lens. So I thought to myself—how can I shoot these things more beautifully?” Asai’s gear for the series was a Canon EOS Kiss X5 and Canon EF-S 60mm F2.8 macro USM lens used for capturing the delightful macro images.

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See her enchanting photos of the invisible little world she has in her backyard here.

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Patricia Ramos

Patricia Ramos

I am a freelance photographer who is no stranger to smudged lenses, long hours in front of the computer, heavy camera bags (and the back aches that ensued) and missing lens caps. If you know what I'm talking about, you probably have as much love and passion for photography as I do.