German photographer Jens Braun from the YouTube channel Another Perspective has released an extreme macro video of a snail eating a strawberry. While the close-up details of the mollusk may disturb some viewers, the fresh perspective on the creature is fascinating.
Braun’s YouTube channel lives up to its name as videos like the strawberry-eating snail give viewers a fresh perspective on a relatively commonplace subject. That’s one of the most appealing aspects of macro photography for many photographers because it allows them to see the world in a new way that would otherwise be impossible.
For his latest video, Braun used the Laowa 24mm f/14 2X Macro Probe lens. The extraordinary lens was an instant game-changer when it hit the market in 2018, providing photographers a lightweight probe lens with a built-in LED and super-close working distance of just 0.79 inches (20mm).
The waterproof lens opens up new possibilities for photographers, thanks mainly to its long, narrow design. While its working distance is very short, the lens itself is long, so photographers don’t need to physically get that close to their subject, even when shooting 2x macro photographs. Its 24mm focal length also allows for a wider depth of field at extremely close distances relative to typical macro lenses that often have focal lengths ranging from 60mm to up to 200mm. Plus, it’s an f/14 lens, which also helps achieve more depth of field.
Jens has other interesting macro lenses, including the Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5x Ultra Macro Lens. This lens delivers insane macro capabilities thanks to its 5:1 magnification ratio. A typical macro lens is 1:1, or maybe 2:1 like the Laowa 24mm f/14 2X Macro Probe lens — so 5:1 delivers significantly higher-magnification macro images.
Braun’s YouTube channel features dozens of videos focused on macro photography, including spectacular footage of freezing soap bubbles. Braun waited for two years for the perfect winter conditions. He told PetaPixel that he used water, dishwashing liquid, and glycerin to create the mesmerizing soap bubbles.
Many of Braun’s videos combine beautiful macro photography with practical tips and advice, including Braun’s recent videos about psychedelic beach sand macro photography using a microscope and polarized light, extreme high-magnification flower photography, and tips on how to capture great macro shots in springtime.
Macro lenses are a brilliant way to add “Another Perspective” to your photography. Many more macro-centric videos are available on the Another Perspective YouTube channel and his photography is available to view on Instagram.