Tag Archives: macro lens

Macro. Installment 001.

I constantly walk around and look for things to take macro photography of. Sometimes things work and other times they don’t. At all. I am going to upload a few installments of my latest experiments over the next few days.

Installment 001: Coffee Beans.

Most of us have some sort of contact with coffee beans every day. Whether its the actual bean, already ground, or already made coffee. What does it look like under the eye of a macro lens? Sometimes, it turns out, a baked potato. I think these prints are really great. I can picture them in a nice gallery frame in someones kitchen.

Prints are available to order here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/BlueGiraffeImages

Enjoy.

Coffee Beans 009e Coffee Beans 008 Coffee Beans 007 Coffee Beans 006 Coffee Beans 005 Coffee Beans 004 IMG_2611 IMG_2631 IMG_2633

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Macro Photography | The Final Result

The Macro Experiment. Could a Lens Reversal Ring that cost less than $10 provide quality macro images.

Equipment: Canon 5D, Tamron Zoom Lens, and a Lens Reversal Ring.

Prologue: A few posts back I talked about a method that would convert any zoom lens into a legitimate macro lens. No filters, no magnifiers… all done through the lens. The method… turn it around and shoot through it backwards. It didn’t seem possible. The first tests I did were before the reversal ring so I had to hold it in front of the camera. It worked enough to convince me to spend $10.

Commence the experiment. I gathered random household objects (including my girlfriends eye – still very much attached to her) and a small light I had lying around. As I photographed and got the hang of it I became more and more excited. The lens created such a stylized look, not to mention got in very close just like any good macro lens should.

Conclusion: Worth it? Hell, it would be worth it if the ring cost $50. It’s an amazing style and gives you the ability to shoot with a macro lens. In some ways it might be better than a macro lens because you can just keep the ring in your back pocket while shooting and if you need to grab a quick macro shot just screw it on and flip it over.

Here are some images. These prints are slowly becoming available on my website [www.bluegiraffeimages.com] and on [etsy]. 50% OFF still going on for about another week. If you don’t see it – let me know and I’ll create a listing right away.

Was the experiment a success? Let me know what you think. Go and experiment yourself and let me know how it goes. Here is a link to the reversal ring I purchased but you will want to check the size of your filter thread for your specific lens.

I tweet @bluegiraffeimgs. Follow for special discounts and codes.

Tagged , , , , , , , , ,

The Macro Experiment

Maybe some of you have heard about the quick, easy, and cheap macro lens fake. Basically take your lens off your camera, flip it around and put it up to your shutter as if you were going to take a picture of the inside of your camera. I had seen this before and even saw that they sell ring adapters to mount the lens this way to your camera. First thought: if it really only cost 7 bucks (cost of adapter) to get a macro lens why didn’t everyone do it. Well to be fair, I didn’t get the mount – but I did hold it up to the camera.

Below are a few pictures of a starfish I took. They’re okay but in my opinion not even close to what a real macro lens could deliver. I want this to work… I really do.

What do you guys think? Have any of you tried this?  If some of you have the lens mount and it makes the world of different please let me know.

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
%d bloggers like this: