APR 01, 2020 AT 12:34 PM
It’s often said that the best camera is the one you have with you. A young Indian photographer is impressing the Web and the World with his beautiful macro photos of insects. What you might not have guessed is all of his work is shot using a smartphone. Yes, you heard correctly, a smartphone.
Photographer Sasi Kumar is a 20-year-old university student living in Vellore, India who’s also an amateur photographer. It’s his passion is to go into the fields on the outskirts of his city and photograph the hidden world of bugs that most people would never notice.
Kumar, in the flesh, shooting a photo with his phone.
Kumar generally uses two smartphones for his photography: a OnePlus 6t (which has 16MP+20MP dual rear camera) and a Redmi Note 3 (which as a 16MP single rear camera).
Sometimes Kumar’s friends help and assist in his photo-making.
“I use various types of lenses to capture tiny insects which provide me with a much closer magnification,” Kumar tells SWNS. “All the photos are captured through my mobile phone.”
A blow fly in the dust
“When I find an interesting subject, I clip my lens to my phone then I pan my camera slowly towards them,” Kumar says. “If I hurry towards them they will take off, so patience is key in macro photography.”
Marching fire ants. One by one by one.
“Insects aren’t like humans- they won’t rest in a place for more time. I have missed many beautiful shots because of heavy wind, noise and lack of stability too.”
A robber fly, aka, the “assassin fly.”
Sasi Kumar tells us more about his work: “I’m really interested in taking photographs of tiny insects and flowers, so I mostly chose to photograph ants, butterflies and horse flies.”
An ant sips from a water droplet.
Sasi regrets the great shots which can never be made. He says: “Insects aren't like humans- they won't rest in a place for more time. I have missed many beautiful shots because of heavy wind, noise and lack of stability too.”
An up close snapshot of a robber fly.
When the up and coming photographer is asked about his photography goals, he says: “Macro photography is unique, and I want to show people these tiny undiscovered creatures.” He posts all of his pictures in his social networking accounts and is not in the business of selling them.
Just a red bug hangin out.
After making hundreds of pictures that feature tiny flies and bugs, Sasi admits: “It also helps me to recognize small things in my real life as well. I always strive for perfection.”
A tiny red bug in its natural habitat.
This young and talented photographer is not necessarily a professional, but his pictures are now known throughout the world. He says: “I'm an amateur photographer but I have been doing photography as a passion for the past three years. I mostly enjoy doing macro photography."
A large ant.
When Sasi is asked if he is going to continue what he does now, he just says: “I get some immense pleasure when I'm taking photographs." We hope that we’ll see some more pictures by this talented young man.
An ant carries a dead spider 7 times its weight.
Kumar says one of his major photography goals is to show people the beauty of these tiny insect worlds that most people rarely see.