Playing with my DIY Macro, some pictures of snails which were about to be boiled…
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More pics about macro. Lately I’m starting to discover a new world, the microworld, the micro universe. Well it’s still not so micro, but anyway from a human point of view, everything that cannot be seen by our primitive eyes do not exist so let’s show those details that are there hidden by small sizes.
So I created a new group on flickr, the Macro Hackers group. Why hackers? Because everything is acceptable to create Macro photography on that group. From hand-made-macros to professional and expensive equipment. The important thing is to use the imagination to catch that part of the small world that escapes from our daily life.
Well it was quite a time since I posted the How to make a powerful and cheap macro , a post showing how my friend Pepe created a simple and cheap macro.
I was thinking about the possibility to change this process. Actually reversing the lens has two inconvenients:
1. We cannot control the aperture (f-stop) using the camera controls and
2. we cannot control the focus mechanism.
The way I found to make it (this is not my discovering, I’m sure someone else has already noticed this) is a little more intrusive with the lens. You actually have to dedicate a lens for this only purpose, so please don’t do it with expensive ones. I bought this one as a junk lens for 1000 yen, that is around 6 euros. The interesting part is that you can control the aperture directly with camera controls, which is a really convenient thing, believe me!
Buy a normal and inexpensive wide angle lens. For example using this Nikkor 18-55mm. The wider the lens is, the closer you can shot.
When I went to Granada with my good friend Pepe he showed me his hand-made macro lens. It was incredible the good quality and the huge macro than can be obtained with this technique. It requires a little bit of hand art skills and patience, but the results are really interesting:
Pepe taking a picture of a tiny piece of bread on the table.
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