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50by58macro - Dragonfly (bitten by my lizard)

Posted by
Emanuel Högberg (Borås, Sweden) on 6 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 :)

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

wonderful art !
professional shot !

6 Jul 2011 7:25am

ARIKA from KYOTO, Japan

Looks unusual. Very shallow DOF makes it impractical.

6 Jul 2011 10:02am

Dokmateo from Spain

Beautiful macro..though the shot is not that clear, but nice try. regards.

6 Jul 2011 10:41am

Wiepkjen from Utrecht, Netherlands

This one is really beautifull. Great colours and light. The patchy dof turns it into a kind of abstract which I love.

6 Jul 2011 12:19pm

dulang from Santa Rosa, United States

Very interesting effect

6 Jul 2011 8:10pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

wonderful macro

8 Jul 2011 1:56pm

Anina Botes from Auckland, New Zealand

Your macro images are amazing - I love your work. the DOF and detail are incredible here

16 Jul 2011 8:13am

Canon EOS 500D
1/2000 second
ISO 100

helios-44
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