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50by58macro - Oxeye daisy with friends

Posted by
Emanuel Högberg (Borås, Sweden) on 7 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 1/4000 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 :)

Rochelle from thunder bay, Canada

I love the softness. Great capture!

7 Jul 2011 5:56am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

I seem to recall the Helios lens on my Zenit-E many decades ago was a fine piece of glass. I really like the experiments you are making here and the unique results you get !

7 Jul 2011 5:55pm

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

so beautiful shot

8 Jul 2011 8:10am

Chris from Provence, France

Nice Macro. Very intersting trip in your galery. Chris.

8 Jul 2011 12:28pm

Sterre from Vianen, Netherlands

Very beautiful macro sharp on the very little insect.
Nice softness I like this, also the other series photo's are great.

8 Jul 2011 1:41pm

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

das ist ein gelungenes Makro.
Gefällt mir sehr gut.

8 Jul 2011 1:50pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

very nice closeup , with great tonality

8 Jul 2011 1:56pm

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

always we see these pictures in the magazines but now you take the greater pictures !

10 Jul 2011 6:59am

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Very well done picture and treatment ! Bravo.

12 Jul 2011 5:49pm

Dokmateo from Spain

Beautiful Macro. Great shot.

13 Jul 2011 12:38am

Anina Botes from Auckland, New Zealand

WOW!!! What a stunning macro. Very well done

16 Jul 2011 8:12am

Canon EOS 500D
1/4000 second
ISO 100

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