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Herrljunga station, the conductor

Posted by
Emanuel Högberg (Borås, Sweden) on 18 June 2011 in Transportation.

I'm now starting a series of 20 photos taken with my new sort of self made lens. Inspired by this - http://shiningnewlight.tumblr.com/, I bought an old Soviet Zenit 3M with a 58mm Helios-44 f2.0 lens which I attached to a camera house lid with a hole screwed in it using some sealants. I really enjoy the results - a fast portrait lens (58x1.6mm on my EOS 500D) which forces me to use full manual. Very stimulating and I think it makes me grow as a photographer.

Coming up is 10 photos, decreasing the range to the subjects with each shot. Starting off with a train station and a cat, going further to regular macro with the 58mm, then followed by two shots taken with the lens detached from the body, giving a narrow DOF which is tilted.

After that there are 10 photos taken with my cheap 50mm f1.8 held against the Helios lens, making for some (potentially) interesting shots of plants, potato sprouts, an oxeye daisy and a dragonfly, which sadly died.

Canon EOS 500D 1/1250 second ISO 100

All comments are very much appreciated, good or bad, though I might not answer each and every one I'll take a look at your photoblog if you have one. It's always nice to be inspired by others, so let me know what you think :)

J.R. from Ginowan, Japan

I can't wait to see all the results. Satisfied with my $40.00 28-300 Tamron on my D90. But with the cost of good Nikon lens the ability to makeshift might be fun.

18 Jun 2011 10:54am

@J.R.: oh that's cheap! lovely. The helios lens cost all and all about $40 too :D

skarlet from kerman, Iran

great composition! i like these colors and light...

18 Jun 2011 11:21am

Farzin from Bane, Iran

nice shot

18 Jun 2011 11:25am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

ton image est très bien construite !! les couleurs sont superbes !!

18 Jun 2011 11:37am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Great result with this lens. This will be a fascinating series!

18 Jun 2011 12:02pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Nicely composed shot Emanuel! Well done! ;-)

18 Jun 2011 1:55pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Kudos to you for the creativity and experimentation! This image is a very fine result with excellent clarity. I look forward to what follows.

18 Jun 2011 3:24pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Superb picture friend ... I love it! A great composition! Bes regards, Adela

18 Jun 2011 5:16pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Clever you to create a new lens. This photo is a success - every detail is in sharp focus. Well done.

18 Jun 2011 8:19pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Great capture of this moment!

18 Jun 2011 8:51pm

kgoks from Kanagawa, Japan

nice capture! like the one scene of the movie :)

18 Jun 2011 11:56pm

mohammad fakhlaei from mashhad, Iran

i like te composition very much ,thaaaanks

20 Jun 2011 9:37pm

Canon EOS 500D
1/1250 second
ISO 100

helios-44