Incredible Macro Photos of Insects with Drops of Water On Their Heads


Dmitriy Yoav Reinshtein is a 26-year-old photographer based in Tel Aviv, Israel. He works as an advertising photographer and creative retoucher, but one of his personal passions is shooting highly detailed macro photographs of tiny insects. While all of his macro photographs are amazing to look all, there’s a particular subset that caught our eye: Reinshtein managed to capture a number of insects with water drops sitting on their top of their heads.

Reinshtein shoots with both Canon and Nikon gear (e.g. Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro lens, Nikon D300s). You can find a full list of his gear here.

Check out the amazing level of detail and vivid colors Reinshtein is able to achieve:










Here’s a selection of his other macro shots that don’t feature water drops on heads:






You can find more of Reinshtein’s amazing work over on his personal website.

Image credits: Photographs by Dmitriy Yoav Reinshtein

  • Adam Cross

    what I’ve always wondered about is whether these insects are alive or not? how can you possibly set up a shot of a blue bottle fly – they never stay still for more than a second, impossible to create stacked macro shots with live subjects, surely?

  • Sean Gibson

    I know a variety of photographers get these bugs when they are already dead and freeze them to preserve them. You then can get easier shots.

  • Tyler Ingram

    Think some people freeze them (supposedly won’t kill them) and then take photos of them.

  • David

    Definently dead. Thats whats sad about it.

  • Fathi Amdouni

    Superbe et magnifique, Bravo

  • Tyler Magee

    some people freeze them and bring them into a studio. But I have a few friends that do get stacked macro shots with live subjects. The only problem is they will get a good shot every 3 or 4 weeks… I personally think this guy freezes them.

  • Mansgame

    Technically great photography; however, part of the challenge of macro photography aside from the technical side is to deal with the prospect of your subject flying away never to be seen again but capturing its beauty for that moment in time. I don’t like the idea of dead subjects. Life is full of beauty- death is not.

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  • Duke Shin

    Anyone else think of those super slo-mo videos of people getting hit with water balloons? Like when it stretches over their face without exploding for a split second.

  • Sean McCann

    Nope. they may be chilled (I would not bet on it though) but none of them appears dead.

  • Malcolm

    As Monty Python would say…”they’re just mostly dead”

  • macro for real

    please stop posting these projects with dead insects.. they are not amazing.. anyone can order a bug in the mail and take pictures of it… show me a picture of an insect drinking a water drop and im sold..

  • Yoav Reinshtein

    Hello my friends. Thank you for interest to my works. Thanks for questions and likes. All insects were alive at the moment of shooting. After photo shoots I let them go . If you spend a lot of time on dialogues with insects and a lot of time on shooting them ; AND a lot of time on retouching – you may take a picture much better than me . Good luck.

  • Tyler Magee

    I will admit I froze a dragon fly fro two days over the summer and when I took him out he did come back about half an hour later hahaha

  • forbs

    Good thing they were all alive then.

    also, the macro world is beautiful, regardless of alive or dead.

  • Rice

    They’re not dead

  • Sean McCann

    Thanks! Awesome work again!

  • nitinbadjatia

    Oddly fascinating shots. Great work!

  • Stephen

    Thanks for posting these shots-Brilliant! I’ll point some of my classmates at Brooks Institute toward your work.

  • papercaves

    Insect eyes have always been so interesting looking – the rest of the insect has always just creeped me right the hell out.

  • Think before you type.

    Photo number 8 is of a fly drinking. You sold?

  • Oj0

    The spider with a drop of water on its head looks like a biker :D