Get 6 Months of ShootQ Free With Any Workshop Purchase!

Your content will be up shortly. Please allow up to 5 seconds

Larger Than Life: The Mesmerizing and Captivating Macro World of Miki Asai

By Chris Nachtwey on May 3rd 2014

Macro photography has the ability to showcase the beautiful little worlds that we all so often don’t notice. From a snail on a blade of grass, to rain falling gently on a flower petal, seeing these up close and in detail is mesmerizing and can transport the viewer to a different world. Hokkaido, Japan based photographer Miki Asai, has a knack for making the miniature world, eye catching and beautiful as you will see in a series of images.




Miki says it was her first day with her macro lens in her garden when she noticed the beautiful world that was too small to see with the naked eye. Ever since then, she has found a way to make the miniature world look beautiful, mesmerizing, and larger than life. She states that to achieve beautiful macro photography, it takes time, patience, the right gear, settings, and your passion.

I am trying to show the world the beauty of small things normally unseen.




Canon EOS Kiss X5 (EOS Rebel T3i)

Canon EF-S60mm F2.8 macro USM

Velbon GEO E535M

Lightroom 5 and Color Efex Pro 3.0




Miki seems to have a connection with the miniature world. Plus, she is using gear that is not all that expensive to make it look mesmerizing. I personally have never tried macro photography, but after seeing Miki’s images, I feel the need to slow down and capture the beauty of the miniature worlds that are unseen all around me.

How do you create beautiful macro images? Share your tips with us in the comments below or on our Facebook page!

CREDITS: All photographs shared by Miki Asai are copyrighted and have been used with permission for SLR Lounge. Do not copy, modify or re-post this article or images without express permission from SLR Lounge and the artist

Via: 500px ISO

This site contains affiliate links to products. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these links, however, this does not impact accuracy or integrity of our content.

Chris Nachtwey is a full-time wedding and portrait photographer based in Connecticut. He is the founder and creator of 35to220 a website dedicated to showcasing the best film photography in the world. Chris loves to hear from readers, feel free to drop him a line via the contact page on his website! You can see his work here: Chris Nachtwey Photography

Q&A Discussions

Please or register to post a comment.

  1. Joseph Prusa

    Great photos

    | |
  2. Christine Eisele

    Amazing macro shots! I love the vibrant colors.

    | |
  3. Maribeth Castaneda

    Brilliant! Feel in love with the photos!

    | |
  4. Anthony McFarlane

    Very nice macro photos!

    | |

    Wow i cant believe the results i thought you were using high end gear

    | |
  6. Hanssie

    So beautiful! I love it.

    | |