Macrophotography with Urmas Tartes
Little Creatures on a Big Stage
In this movie, we want to present to you a part of the world often neglected in nature photography, macro photography. This microcosm of nature features tiny animals that are almost invisible to the naked eye and need to be magnified to be truly appreciated.
Urmas Tartes is a passionate macro photographer, who focuses that passion on insects. Not surprisingly, his background is in biology. He decided early on that instead of killing these insects for collections, he would rather photograph their beauty. In the beginning of his career, back in the days of the former Soviet Union, it was hard to obtain a macro lens. In fact, his first photos were done with a Zenith camera, a macro flash and a handmade lens built from a reproduction lens.
Today, Urmas Tartes is a professor of Zoology at the Eastonia University for Biological Sciences. He is a renowned newspaper and magazine author and often travels giving lectures featuring his photos. In 2002, he was honored with the Grand Prix of Zoology Photography in Eastonia. As the times have changed, so has his equipment of choice. He now uses a Cannon camera with a set of macro lens.
We recently had the pleasure of meeting this premier macro photographer and he shared with us some of his most precious tips and tricks to accomplish such grand photos of such tiny animals.