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Dew-covered insects sparkle in stunning photos

A decorated fly rests.
A decorated fly rests.Miroslaw Swietek / LiveScience
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Like many a shutterbug, Polish amateur photographer Miroslaw Swietek is fascinated with getting up-close-and-personal photos of insects. But Swietek's photos have an extra layer of amazing: He creeps up on bugs early in the morning when they're in a state of torpor and covered in dew.

Droplets of dew magnify the lenses in a dragonfly's compound eye.Miroslaw Swietek

Through the camera lens, the dew-covered insects look like they're encrusted with diamonds. The effect is even more stunning when droplets of water magnify the bugs' multi-lens compound eyes.

LiveScience caught up with Swietek to talk macro photography and sleepy insects.

LiveScience: How did you get involved with macro photography?

Swietek: My story with macro photography was just an accident. In 2007, I wanted to do a bike tour to Norway and one of my purchases was a camera (Fuji S6500 FD). I looked at the Internet on how to take photos of landscapes, because I needed to learn, but I also saw macro photos and really enjoyed them. So I put off taking photos of landscapes and I've started taking macro photos.

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A very damp caterpillar.Miroslaw Swietek

LiveScience: Where do you find the spiders and insects you photograph?

Often, I go to the forest next to my village and there I find them.

LiveScience: How about the dew-covered insects? How do you photograph them without disturbing their diamond-like look?

The dew-covered insects I also find in that same forest next to my village. At that early in the morning, insects are very sleepy so the camera doesn't disturb them.

LiveScience: What draws you to photographing insects?

I already enjoy going to the forest, because it's a really good way to relax, but only in insect photography [do I get] that amazing look when you take a photo in super-zoom and you see the awesome colors and stunning appearance. Most people don't know what beautiful creatures live around us.

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