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Macro. Installment 003.

So we have all made it through the new year. Hopefully capturing some amazing moments with family and friends. Which brings me to my last Macro Installment post. 003. I have been having a lot of fun shooting macro objects, or if you prefer shooting objects macro. Here is the latest.

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Macro. Installment 002.

The second installment of the macro photography is a little bit on the shorter side. Strawberry and a Kiwi. Enjoy.

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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.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Free Spirit

 

This week the weekly photo challenge is “Free Spirit”. My first thought was something or someone flying… but that is probably about 85% of you. So as I went through my photos and searched for what popped out at me as free spirit I came across this one. With everything going on with the elections I found it especially fitting. I don’t get all political on things but this is more about the spirit and less about a specific point of view (Obama).

“USA.” Don’t forget that we live in a country that allows us to have a free spirit… and there are reminders of that almost everywhere we look.

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The Lens Reversal Ring

 

I have been talking about this lens reversal ring a few times and I posted up my first real experiment photos yesterday. I realized that I failed to put up a picture of the actual lens reversal ring. So, there it is up above. It is an amazing little tool that will take your zoom lens and allow you to mount on to your camera backwards turning it in to a macro lens.

[click here] to see my macro photography and read a more in-depth description on the process.

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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.

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Macro Teaser

Macro Experiment Update coming tomorrow. Going through pictures as we speak. Here is one that really stands out to me so far. If you missed the first post you can catch it [here].

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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.

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Beautiful Macro Photography

Good macro photography is like entering another world we never knew existed.

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Check out these gorgeous macro photographs by UK photographer Sharon Johnstone! They are simply stunning and once again prove just how awesome nature and nature macro photography are! Enjoy! 🙂

 

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