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50by58macro - Within the Dragonfly mouth

Posted by
Emanuel Högberg (Borås, Sweden) on 4 July 2011 in Animal & Insect.

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 :)

Manuel Hompanera from La Robla, Spain

Una imagen espectacular con un foco fantástico.Buen trabajo.

4 Jul 2011 8:58am

Laurette from Fourways - Johannesburg, South Africa

Wow... a remarkable macro with great focus. Well captured.

4 Jul 2011 11:04am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Wonderful macro - your lens gives it an almost abstract look.

4 Jul 2011 12:55pm

tataray from france, France

Excellent ))

4 Jul 2011 4:13pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Amazing capture and focus. Also, love the colors.

5 Jul 2011 3:50pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Any closer and we could see his tonsils! A great macro.

6 Jul 2011 4:20am

Canon EOS 500D
1/2000 second
ISO 100

helios-44
50by58macro