Images by Guido Cassanelli (left), Ashley Lee (top right), Jirasak Panpiansin (bottom right), for Macro Challenge
The old adage about stopping to smell the roses rings true with the art of macro photography, where beauty is found in the most minute details.
And these 10 photographers have sought out to find inspiration from the mundane, with only their iPhones in hand. The results are so striking, Apple has hailed the pictures asthe very bestof its Shot on iPhone Macro Challenge for the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.
Unexpexted subjects include snowflakes that have fallen on a dog’s hair, a strawberry dunked in soda, and dewdrops on a spiderweb. Submissions were shortlisted by an international panel of judges comprising renowned photographers from around the world.
Apple says the detail is so immaculate because the iPhone 13 Pro has introduced “a photographic technique previously reserved for those with specialized camera equipment to even more people.”
For iPhone 13 Pro owners hoping to capture spectacular macro shots too, Apple has also shared a few tips.
First up, get really close to the subject, about an inch away from it.
Make sure the focus is in the center of the frame, as that’s where you can take the sharpest macro shot. If it’s away from the center, tap on the subject for the camera to focus on it.
It’s recommended to snap the picture at .5x zoom for an Ultra Wide field or view, or at 1x for less white space.
You can view the winning shots below. The photos will be showcased on the tech giant’s website, Instagram profile, and on billboards in various cities.
Sea Glass by Guido Cassanelli
from Buenos Aires, Argentina
“Sea glass is eroded by thousands of miles traveling around the oceans to the shores of the world. I was walking on the beach enjoying a beautiful sunset, and decided to collect some of these small pieces of sea glass to give macro photography on iPhone 13 Pro Max a try,” says Guido Cassanelli. “It looks like something strange is happening inside the one placed in the center—it looks like amber. I really love that texture.”
Image by Guido Cassanelli for Macro Challenge
The Cave by Marco Colletta
from Taranto, Italy
“The enveloping shape of the petals, accentuated by intense shadows, made me think of a deep cave, ready to be explored,” shares Marco Colletta. “By keeping the point of view inside the flower, I wanted the hibiscus’s natural framing to make us feel fully part of its beauty.”
Image by Marco Colletta for Macro Challenge
Art in Nature by Prajwal Chougule
from Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India
“The ‘golden hour’ brings the best out of nature and is a photographer’s delight,” Prajwal Chougule expresses. “Dewdrops on a spiderweb caught my attention, and I was fascinated by the way the dry spider silk formed a necklace on which the dew glistened like pearls. It felt like a piece of art on nature’s canvas.”
Image by Prajwal Chougule for Macro Challenge
A Drop of Freedom by Daniel Olah
from Budapest, Hungary
“My intention was to highlight the tiny drop of water in comparison with the lily,” notes Daniel Olah. “I’ve used a spot studio light on the lily with a dark background. I adore the shape of the flower; the lower petal helps keep the focus on the middle part, highlighting not just the drop, but the stamen, too. Nonetheless, the picture has a rhythm that is building toward the euphoria of the composition.”
Image by Daniel Olah for Macro Challenge
Leaf Illumination by Trevor Collins
from Boston, USA
“This one instance was during the sliver of golden hour when the sun is shining directly into my window, illuminating all of the tiny cells in each leaf. The leaf depicted is from a fiddle-leaf fig that sits on my desk, where I get to see it all throughout the day,” explains Trevor Collins.
Image by Trevor Collins for Macro Challenge
Strawberry in Soda by Ashley Lee
from San Francisco, USA
“Using photography to transform everyday items into something more extraordinary is always a fun puzzle that brings out my creativity,” says Ashley Lee. “For this photo, I used two items that I found in my kitchen fridge: a strawberry and a can of soda.” Lee elaborates: “I placed a clear vase on my kitchen counter, poured the soda into the vase, and used a piece of black paper as the background. I then dropped the strawberry in the vase of soda and waited. Slowly, bubbles began to form on the surface of the strawberry, and its texture was completely transformed.”
Image by Ashley Lee for Macro Challenge
Volcanic Lava by Abhik Mondal
from New Milford, New Jersey, USA
“One day, during a regular evening walk, I went to a grocery store, where I noticed a bouquet of flowers. This beautiful sunflower caught my attention with its intricate details, including the presence of contrasting colors from the center toward the edge of the petals,” details Abhik Mondal. “I immediately decided to take the bouquet home and capture the beauty of it.”
Image by Abhik Mondal for Macro Challenge
Honeycomb by Tom Reeves
from New York City, USA
“This image was taken along the edge of Riverside Park in Manhattan while on a morning walk with our puppy this winter,” shares Tom Reeves. “As she marveled at her first snow, I was able to capture the ephemeral latticework of this tiny snowflake as it landed among the threads of her many honey-colored curls.”
Image by Tom Reeves for Macro Challenge
Hidden Gem by Jirasak Panpiansin
from Chaiyaphum City, Thailand
“This tiny, shimmering liquid jewel is delicately nestled at the base of a leaf after a tropical storm, almost imperceptible to the human eye,” contemplates Jirasak Panpiansin. “However, its true brilliance shines through the lens of iPhone—up close, it sparkles with intense clarity, capturing light from the emerging sun and magnifying the intricate, organic geometry of the leaf’s veins underneath. This is nature encapsulated: a world of beauty and wonder made minuscule.”
Image by Jirasak Panpiansin for Macro Challenge
The Final Bloom by Hojisan
from Chongqing, China
“[I was] trying to capture the moment when the sun kissed the flower, which created a perfect shadow at the petals,” quips Hojisan. “As I moved my iPhone closer to the flower, it automatically turned on macro mode, and the details of the petals were brought into the fullest. A few moments later, wind came and blew the petals away. Even though the blossom was short, I still captured the highest moment of a tulip’s life, which is a gift from nature.”
Image by Hojisan for Macro Challenge