Tiny Sensor Flower Macro

This article features an extensive selection of tiny sensor flower macro images, all of which were captured handheld using an Olympus TG-5. These photographs were captured a few years ago during a visit to the Niagara Butterfly Conservatory. It has been over
a year since I’ve visited this particular facility, so I thought it may be interesting to go back in time.

When displaying macro images, I think it is important to establish a sense of scale. The first four tiny sensor flower macro photographs in this article are followed by related images to establish scale.

NOTE: Click on images to enlarge.

Olympus TG-5 @ 18 mm, efov 100 mm, f/4.9, 1/160, ISO-800, microscopic mode
Olympus TG-5 @ 18 mm, efov 100 mm, f/4.9, 1/160, ISO-800, microscopic mode
Olympus TG-5 @ 18 mm, efov 100 mm, f/4.9, 1/125, ISO-800, microscopic mode
Olympus TG-5 @ 13 mm, efov 74 mm, f/4.2, 1/250, ISO-800, microscopic mode
Olympus TG-5 @ 18 mm, efov 100 mm, f/4.9, 1/160, ISO-800, microscopic mode
Olympus TG-5 @ 10 mm, efov 53 mm, f/3.4, 1/100, ISO-200, microscopic mode
Olympus TG-5 @ 18 mm, efov 100 mm, f/4.9, 1/160, ISO-800, microscopic mode
Olympus TG-5 @ 18 mm, efov 100 mm, f/4.9, 1/200, ISO-200, microscopic mode

We often associate expensive camera gear like dedicated macro lenses, and complex set-ups that use tripods, macro bellows and specialized lighting with this genre of photography.

Olympus TG-5 @ 18 mm, efov 100 mm, f/4.9, 1/250, ISO-800, microscopic mode

No doubt gear of this nature can be used to create spectacular macro photographs. Many of us do not have the skill, experience, time or budget to use this approach.

Olympus TG-5 @ 18 mm, efov 100 mm, f/4.9, 1/400, ISO-800, microscopic mode

As regular readers will know, I’ve always preferred to shoot handheld whenever possible… and this includes macro photography.

Olympus TG-5 @ 18 mm, efov 100 mm, f/4.9, 1/320, ISO-800, microscopic mode

My diminutive Olympus TG-5 has a very interesting microscopic mode that can be effectively used to capture macro images. Many folks use very small travel tripods with this particular camera.

Olympus TG-5 @ 18 mm, efov 100 mm, f/4.9, 1/200, ISO-800, microscopic mode

At the end of the day our choice of camera gear, and whether we choose to use a tripod or not, doesn’t really matter. Having fun and discovering the unique perspectives of macro photography are the most important considerations.

Olympus TG-5 @ 18 mm, efov 100 mm, f/4.9, 1/320, ISO-800, microscopic mode

I absolutely love the freedom and spontaneity that comes with shooting macro handheld.

Olympus TG-5 @ 18 mm, efov 100 mm, f/4.9, 1/320, ISO-800, microscopic mode

The Olympus TG-5 allows me to get in extremely tight to a macro subject. So close that is almost touching the lens of the camera.

Olympus TG-5 @ 18 mm, efov 100 mm, f/4.9, 1/100, ISO-400, microscopic mode

The resulting images create a sense of wonder in me about the intricate beauty of nature.

Olympus TG-5 @ 18 mm, efov 100 mm, f/4.9, 1/100, ISO-400, microscopic mode

I firmly believe that if more people experienced macro photography, it would increase the appreciation for nature and the need for its preservation.

Olympus TG-5 @ 14 mm, efov 80 mm, f/4.4, 1/80, ISO-1000, microscopic mode

The tiny sensor flower macro photographs in this article provide a glimpse into how easy it can be to create an intimate bond with the nature in our midst.

Olympus TG-5 @ 18 mm, efov 100 mm, f/4.9, 1/100, ISO-1000, microscopic mode

We don’t need to spend thousands of dollars on camera and support equipment to experience the wonders and joy of macro photography.

Olympus TG-5 @ 18 mm, efov 100 mm, f/4.9, 1/400, ISO-250, microscopic mode

Exploring the miniature world around us can be done with wonderfully small, easy-to-handle, and affordable equipment.

Technical Note

Photographs were captured hand-held using camera gear and technology as noted in the EXIF data. Images were produced from RAW files using my standard process. All photographs are displayed as full frame captures without any cropping.

Olympus TG-5 @ 18 mm, efov 100 mm, f/4.9, 1/400, ISO-500, microscopic mode

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