Macro photography is extreme close-up photography, usually of very small subjects and living organisms like insects, in which the size of the subject in the photograph is greater than life size (though macrophotography technically refers to the art of making very large photographs).

That is precisely our weekly thematic: Macro. Discover the fantastic Macro work of Mustafa Öztürk, our photographer of the week. From chameleons, dragonflies, ladybug, and other butterflies, enter this hidden small world!

About the Artist

Mustafa Öztürk is a 47-year-old photographer from the city of Mersin in Turkey, passionate and crazy about Macro Photography. He is a hobbyist photographer but that does not mean his work is non-qualitative, quite the opposite! His work shows how he is passionate and extremely patient. While he is not hidden between some vegetation to catch amazing moments that nobody really sees, Mustafa is a school teacher.

About his photography gear, Mustafa loves his Nikon D7100 and his Nikon D90. To take beautiful Macro shots, his favorite lens is without any doubt the Tamron 90mm 2,8 1:1 macro

See the Unseen

Want to know what is behind those Macro shots? Mustafa talked to us about 3 of his photos and explained a little bit the context!

Butterfly and frog

Where and when was this photo taken?
  • This photo was taken in my city, Mersin, in Turkey, on a university field where I am going when I want to take pictures of insects and small animals. This particular photo was taken in November 2011.
Can you describe us the species of frog and butterfly in this photo?
  • The frog is called an Oriental Tree Frog or Hyla Orientalis, a common specy in Turkey. It is laid on a reed. This butterfly is also a common specy in Turkey, nothing exotic.

Can you describe us what is happening in these pictures?
  • A tree frog was on the reeds branches, quietly installed when a butterfly flew from the branch and posed on the head of the frog. The butterfly seemed to use the frog's head as a launchpad before it flies off!
How long did the butterfly take to climb on top of the frog before flying away? What was the frog's reaction?
  • Both animals stood like that around 30 seconds so I have had just the time to take the picture! The frog was impassive, it just followed the butterfly with the eyes when it flew away.
Did the frog ever try to eat the butterfly?
  • The treefrog did not try to eat the butterfly at all and that butterfly was very courageous, or unconscious I would say, to lay down on his predator. That was a good image.

Chameleon and dragonfly

Where and when was this photo taken?
  • This photo was taken in my city Mersin at the same place as the other, the field behind the university. This one was in October 2013.
What kind of chameleon and insect are in this photo?
  • This is a common chameleon, also called Mediterranean chameleon (Chamaeleo chamaeleon), together with the African chameleon. C. Africanus is one of only two species of Chamaeleonidae with a range that extends into Europe. The insect here is a Dragonfly, it belongs to the order Odonata.

Can you describe to me what is going on in the photo?
  • A Chameleon was standing on a tree branch when a Dragonfly came and laid on his head. I caught the moment when the chameleon is looking straight at the insect
How long was the scene? what was the reaction of both animal?
  • The scene took around 3 minutes this time which is quite long! That scene was very exciting because both animals did not move, they just looked at each other. Another great moment with predator and prey.

Chameleon and ladybug

Where and when were these photos taken?
  • Nothing original, in the same field behind the university. This one was in March 2014.
What kind of species are in this photos?
  • The chameleon is here again. The common chameleon or Mediterranean chameleon (Chamaeleo chamaeleon) and the insect is a ladybug, a Coccinella septempunctata, the seven-spot ladybug. That is the most common ladybug in Europe. Its elytra are of a red color, but punctuated with three black spots each, with one further spot being spread over the junction of the two, making a total of seven spots, from which the species derives both its common and scientific names.

Can you describe to us what is happening in the photos?
  • This photo was taken once the ladybug flew away from the head of the chameleon who is resting on a branch. The ladybug was laying on its head without disrupting it. The ladybug looked just like the chameleon's hat which was funny to see!
How long was the scene? What was the reaction of both animals?
  • It took 5 minutes this time, which is huge! I was lucky. Here again, no one was moving and the chameleon seemed not being hungry as it did not even try to eat the ladybug.

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