Insane macros, but I would say that once you get over the super macro fascination...try experimenting with composition. Macros need some serious composition(infact any picture, but macros all the more) to leave a lasting impression. Let the image tell us a story. All the best! |
PS: YOur macro shots are urging me to look out for a macro lens now
@TG Yeah I am not completely comfortable with revers lens yet. Agree proper composition is required. But it kinda gets hard to think of composition while shooting with reverse lens most of time you are trying get the subject into focus
Glad that my photos are good enough to make you urge to shoot macro
@guyonblackybx: Thanks for the tip.. I need to get another body cap and a filter ring before I do that. I have a body cap, a Hoya UV filter and a 55-62mm coverter ring, but those are good quality stuff (made in Japan!) and I don't feel like tampering them. Need to buy a cheap filter for this. |
I think laptop screen will be one of the first things anyone would shoot with the new marco setup, as I also had the same shot like you have posted here... The letters 'ick' from the "Quick launch" toolbar's caption, as it appears in the laptop screen, from the macro world:
@ Clevermax yeah I have used very cheap UV filters to create the adaptors.
ICK shot is pretty neat, on spot.
Awesome shots there and you are welcome. . Third shot is my favorite, just wish the drop was in focus and it would have been a killer.
Somehow I am not very comfortable with the idea of reverse lens technique. So, I am planning to invest in extension tubes before I can get my hands on a 100mm macro lens.
@Hellwrath extension tubes hmm, I havn't tried them which 100mm f/2.8 or f/2
Here is another shot of the water drop but this one was shot with lens at 18mm. Just check out the detail of the petal texture. @18mm DOF is the lowest. I clicked this shot with out adaptor and handheld.
Originally Posted by deky
I tried my hand at the "poor man's macro" on my sony alpha
HOW I DID IT
I used 2 lenses. The one going in camera being the 18-70MM kit lens in its original position and the 2nd 75-300MM Minolta lens going inverted in the 18-70MM kit lens. Attachment 179207
I used those sun flare things (do not know what is the term) to fit in the two lenses. The smaller one going inside the larger one. Attachment 179208
Used a small piece of paper to open the aperture full in the 75-300MM and in the 18-70MM used camera settings to open the aperture to max.
Used Manual focus to do the foccusing and clicked the subject in bright light.
RESULT Attachment 179209
CROP OF THE RESULT Attachment 179206
Apart from the hand shake, which I know is one of the mistakes, I have a few more questions.
1. Did I follow the correct procedure?
2. There is a gap between the 2 lenses of about half inch, is that ok?
3. As seen in the original the subject only comes in a small circle in between, rest is dark. Is there a way to have the subject in a full frame? I was like millimeters away from the subject and could not be any closer.
4. Can this kind of a Macro be done only in bright lights as the camera flash doesnt seem to be sufficient as I was very very close to the subject?
5. Is it better to only use a single inverted lens?
Answers to your Qs
1. Nothing wrong with the procedure.
2. Gap is fine but u have to make sure that light doesnt enter from this joint. I feel this gap is one reason why you have that darker area.
3. Another reason for the darker area can be due to usage of larger lens over the smaller one. Have you tried mounting 75-300 onto camera and revesring 18-70?
4. It can be done in low light provided that you manage to keep the lenses together and mount the camera on to tripod so that you can use long exposure.
5. I would go for single lens. I wont suggest using 2 lenses as you did because am not sure how much stress a lens can take up on its filter side.
BTW did you try reversing you 18-70mm t different focal lengths?
Check out the images one clicked with lens at 55mm and 3rd one at 18mm difference in magnification is huge.
I used 2 lenses only once that too to capture the pixels on laptop screen and CRT monitor. I havent come across any other subject of that size
Did you try
What I have observed is I cannot get anything on reversing lense beyond 100mm everything gets out of focus infact you get any shape. Its just my observation. Gurus correct me if am wrong.
Last edited by guyonblackybx : 24th August 2009 at 00:45.