Extreme Close-Up Macro Photos With HTC Desire

August 2010

Here's a collection of photos taken with my HTC Desire with a tiny additional lens. To do this, take an old CD or DVD drive to bits and delicately remove the laser lens. Then carefully stick it over the lens of your mobile phone. I used two tiny blobs of blue-tack either side of the lens to stick it on. Take care not to scratch or get finger prints on the lens.

HTC Desire Lens

The HTC Desire doesn't even have an official "macro" mode, but it's not too bad for close-up photos as standard. This should also work with any mobile phone. The magnification with the additional lens is extreme and it's a bit fiddly to get any half decent pictures. The problem is that the depth of field is super shallow so while you can take great pictures of insects, you can only get a very small part of the insect in focus. These photos are all taken with the subject about 1cm from the lens. It's quite annoying when insects decide to walk off when you're trying to photograph them, although dead insects tend to sit still for the camera better. :-)

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HTC Desire Macro Photo 1
Close-up of part of a £2 coin
HTC Desire Macro Photo 2
Ten quid
HTC Desire Macro Photo 3
The Queen's eye from a tenner
HTC Desire Macro Photo 4
Some tiny hairs from the back of my hand. :-)
HTC Desire Macro Photo 5
Some tiny hairs from the back of my hand. :-)
HTC Desire Macro Photo 6
Fibres from kitchen roll
HTC Desire Macro Photo 7
Feather
HTC Desire Macro Photo 8
Feather
HTC Desire Macro Photo 9
Salt granules
HTC Desire Macro Photo 10
Salt granules
HTC Desire Macro Photo 11
Live moth, about 1cm long
HTC Desire Macro Photo 12
Ant-sized fly, dead.
HTC Desire Macro Photo 13
Ant-sized fly, dead.
HTC Desire Macro Photo 14
Ant-sized fly, dead.
HTC Desire Macro Photo 15
Very close-up tip of biro
HTC Desire Macro Photo 16
Text on the side of a £1 coin
HTC Desire Macro Photo 17
Teeny weeny insect 1.5mm long
HTC Desire Macro Photo 18
Teeny weeny insect 1.5mm long
HTC Desire Macro Photo 19
Moth 10mm long

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