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50by58macro - random plant 2

Posted by
Emanuel Högberg (Borås, Sweden) on 3 July 2011 in Plant & Nature.

This is 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.

Preceding this 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.

This one is a part of 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 1/2000 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 :)

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Beautiful tones and focus in a lovely macro!

3 Jul 2011 7:15am

kgoks from Kanagawa, Japan

so beautiful green colors. nice macro work!

3 Jul 2011 8:11am

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

this is like watching amoebas ;)
Very nice technique, did you ever tried reversed lens? That gives a similar effect, I do that with an old takumar 55.

3 Jul 2011 9:08am

@daniela scharnowski: Yes, that's what I did here. Using the helios-44 with a reversed canon f1.8 50mm :3

kitty from Seoul, South Korea

I love the greens and if you hadn't said it was a plant it would've created interest to what it was. It reminds me of an insect ^^

3 Jul 2011 9:31am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

wow ! amazing shot

3 Jul 2011 1:34pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

nice green

3 Jul 2011 1:48pm

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

This is fabulous.

3 Jul 2011 1:54pm

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

oops, sry, must have overread the reversed part ... never mind. you´re doing great =D

3 Jul 2011 1:54pm

@daniela scharnowski: :) thanks a lot, Daniela!

Lougris from Toulouse, France

:) tout ce que j'aime est dans cette image !! les verts, les flous, la finesse et le rêve, l'imagination s'envole...superbe !!! :)

3 Jul 2011 2:16pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Super compo et kmacro mangigique iamge avec un génail effet

3 Jul 2011 3:22pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A good experience that explain. Finally a work of art ... The entire series ... Magnificent! A hug, Adela

3 Jul 2011 3:23pm

@Adela Fonts: Aww, huge thanks Adela! :)

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Very original and lovely!

3 Jul 2011 3:55pm

skarlet from kerman, Iran

beautiful peaceful green!

3 Jul 2011 6:42pm

tataray from france, France

Original et superbe )
Bravo.

3 Jul 2011 9:26pm

Dokmateo from Madrid, Spain

Beautiful. Very original. Great macro.

3 Jul 2011 10:15pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

There is a wonderful surreal feel to this shot Emanuel! Well done! ;-)

3 Jul 2011 11:08pm

Canon EOS 500D
1/2000 second
ISO 100

helios-44
50by58macro