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How It Started

I started macro photography in May 2008 after getting my Nikon D80, and my first macro lens was the Tamron 90mm. It was subsequently upgraded to the Tamron 180mm within 8 months as it opened up some of the limitations I faced with the Tamron 90mm. After 3 years, I switched to the Nikkor 200mm because of the smaller lens diameter (to use the Raynox without vignetting on a full frame body). Being the ridiculously fickle-minded macro photographer that I am, I am now back with the Tamron 90mm and using it 99% of the time. Check my Macro Equipment page for more details on my setups.

Me Shooting the Mantisfly - nicky_mantidfly1

About Macro Photography in Singapore

Despite being an urban jungle, Singapore has an abundance of macro photography opportunities. Its tropical climate provides a warm environment for most insects to thrive in. Keep a keen lookout for little critters, for they could be just beside you, even in your home! Every year, I make a few trips to the tropical rainforests in the region as they certainly have a different diversity of critters compared to the local ones.

Dual SB600 with DIY Bowl Diffusers

Photography Philosophy

I am more of a documenter than an artist. This is evident in my Flickr stream where I post even the out of focus or poorly composed shots as it is where I document all my findings. Of course, artistically inclined endeavours will be attempted when the situation permits. However, in most cases, I would just have classic views of the subjects that I find.


I have added watermarks to my photographs due to an overwhelming number of incidents of unauthorized usage, especially on Facebook pages. There were also numerous blogs and websites stealing the images and putting their own site URL watermarks on my photos. Some may say that once you upload photos on the internet, it becomes free for all to use and there is no loss for me. That is not true - having the photos freely proliferated devalues the photo as legitimate buyers cannot opt for exclusivity. Read about an example of the compensation you may be liable for if you use photos without permission from the legitimate owner. So, yes the watermark is not small. As much as I hate doing it, the watermarks will remain. If you think that removing the watermark and using it is ok, read this example where a simple copyright infringement cost US$7500.

Introduction Video

Video by Calvin Seah, RazorTV, Singapore Press Holdings

Purchasing Prints

Photos from the annual highlights would usually be up for sale in physical prints via SmugMug. There would usually be a Buy this Photo link below each photo, or you could browse the available photos via www.nickybay.com. If a photo you wish to purchase is not available for print, just contact me at nicky@bay.to to indicate the photo that you wish to purchase. I don't make much from these sales, so it is just a way for people to support my work.


Some companies have contacted me to do product advertorials before. I am open to such offers but only if it has a direct relation to macro photography. If the product is unsuitable for macro photography and not of interest to the readers, I would prefer not to include it in the blog.

Copyright and Contact

All images on this website are owned by Nicky Bay, unless otherwise stated. For any enquiries regarding the use of my photos or for macro photography workshops, please contact me at nicky@bay.to.

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