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It's Still A Mystery To Me. . . by goRillA-iNK It's Still A Mystery To Me. . . by goRillA-iNK

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I doubled my "special" macro lenses, that aren't macro lenses, to zoom in
down to this super macro scale. The water droplet is two and a half times smaller
than one flake of glitter; that is why the bokeh in the background looks ginormous
compared to the tinny tiny micro water droplet.

I hope you like it.
Thank you for the views, faves, and comments.:heart:

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Malesx Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
:wow: :love: :heart: :clap: :D :meow:
Vincent-Malcolm Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Brilliant capture ....
Katie-Venerelli Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
it looks amazing <33
appa-appa-away Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Pretty :)
Sarah-BK Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
What lenses did you use? :)

I've been wondering if it's possible to get up close to water drops as you do with something like the Tamron 90mm... though I'm guessing you probably use some reverse lens technique?
goRillA-iNK Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student General Artist
In my tutorial >>>[link]<<<,
you will see all of the lenses I use to get this close.
I don't exactly use a reverse lens technique, but rather an extra lens technique.
I have some lenses that are broken down to just the main lens that would be at the end of the camera.
I don't reverse it, I only need to place it over the end of the lens (curved side facing out just like the cameras
lens is). To get as close as I did in this shot I take one large lens and one small lens and place them face to face.
And than I place the larger lens over my cameras lens. In a sense I don't use a reverse lens on the camera but I do on the extra lens that's not a part of the cameras lens.

I hope all of this information makes sense. :)
I was using the prime lens on this camera with my lens technique.
If you use a Tamaron 90mm it would get you even closer than this, if you used an extra lens the way I did. :D
I'd love to what you could capture with that 90mm and a double up lens set up. :eager:
Sarah-BK Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
So the actual reverse lens technique, I'm gathering, is actually just reversing a lens onto the camera body? Hah - I was attempting it like that too! Doing the technique badly, but essentially doing what you're doing! I was reversing my 50mm onto the 18-55 which was attached to my camera... and I tried the other way too but I get like black vignetting and so little of the photo is actual... photo if you get what I mean ^^; I just get like a circular area, unless I really crop it and I get something like this - [link] I cropped it a lot, but you can see there's still black around the edges ^^; And it lost a lot of sharpness :(

It must be because you have all those fancy bits of lenses you found which are ideal sizes and fit properly on one another :) How did you know what lenses to get? What are the factors to consider? In that case I could start out by using such a lens over my 50mm :)

LOVING that CD technique - always wondered how you got that beautiful rainbow! :heart:

I'm highly considering getting the Tamron - just waiting till I save up a bit :giggle: I appreciate your in-depth reply :) Understood it all! When I do eventually get it, and I try it out, I will let you know as requested! :meow:
goRillA-iNK Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student General Artist
Ah yes!
There is so much to consider. :lol:
That whole vignette issue use to drive me crazy,
until I realized I could change that by using a larger lens.

THE NUMBER ONE FACTOR TO CONSIDER: The larger the diameter is of the lens,
the larger the view; I thought about it the same way this works with a telescope.
That's how I started choosing what lens to search for and use
when shooting macro.

The reverse lens technique you tried on that droplet doesn't work that well.
Here's why: The extra lens needs to be almost touching the camera lens,
other wise if they are too far apart by even a few millimeters you'll get a foggy blur effect
and a very small focus area or sweet spot.

Thank you, yeah, that CD technique works like a charm.:nod:
I'm looking forward to the good news of when you get that Tamron lens. :eager: :la:
Sarah-BK Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Then I will definitely need to look for some of those lenses to hold in front of mine - not sure where to start from :P Then again, the lenses I have to attach to my camera don't have a large diameter to start with ^^; But I'm guessing simply having wider ones to put in front should be fine, right? :)

I can't have the glass of the two lenses I own touching each other exactly because the actual glass of the 50 is a bit recessed :/ That explains it though - thanks :) Sad however, because the 50mm is the sharper of my two lenses! And I can't use this technique with it, it seems :(

I was also contemplating the idea of extension tubes - apparently those do a great job too, while not including any extra glass in the way so if I have a sharp lens to start with I should be fine :D But I'm still not 100% convinced :P And I don't know yet how close something like the Kenko set would get me... If I discover they make a more versatile and equally sharp alternative, I might just stick to those and eventually get a Tamron in the future :) Would be less fiddly then holding lenses together, but your photos are definitely convincing for being a good technique :meow:
goRillA-iNK Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student General Artist
I agree, you should definitely look into finding some lens that work best for what you are trying to photograph.
Some of the most successful macro photographers don't use only brand name macro lenses or expensive lenses.
Most use extension tubes (homemade or purchased online), some use a camera bellows and extension tubes.
Macro photography isn't like the other types of photography; when a photographer wants to get a long shot
of a subject they must use the best lens for shooting the distance, so a photographer would need the most
ideal telephoto zoom lens. If a photographer wanted to get a whole landscape scene in one take, they would need
a lens that is for panoramic shots.

A macro photographer isn't as limited nor is it plain and simple as the other types of photography.
That's why you don't see a whole lot of them out there.
It's a lot of work trying to find the right kind of flash (or to make your own soft box or flash bounce apparatus).
It's a lot of hard work trying to find the perfect combination of lenses that work best when coupled together.
Making extension tubes that are the right length for the lenses that aren't exactly macro lenses, because the store bought
extension tubes might have been too short or too long for the perfect focus.

Yeah those Kenko sets are a pretty good investment and they do work pretty good for the price and for the distance that you
are trying to narrow and shoot in. With only a 50mm lens, they won't get you close enough. You'll need a telephoto zoom lens
or a Tamron macro lens. That's just the way those Kenko lenses are, they get you a very sharp focus, but they don't that much closer without an extension tube set up.

Here's a few links that have some helpful technical information.
1. A crazy but highly effective macro camera set up. [link]
2. Another crazy macro set up. [link]
3. DIY $10 Macro Photo Studio [link]
4. Three Super Macro Rigs You Can Build At Home [link]
Sarah-BK Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow - those setups are wild! :O Don't think I'd have ever managed to come up with something like that from imagination alone.

It's strange but true it seems - there's so much you can play around with, especially because you don't have to leave the house with some crazy setup like that :P I agree it's probably the fact it takes more effort is the reason why there aren't so many - I'm actually fascinated by the whole DIY setup, though I'm still to learn more about what I should go for :)

That studio light box looks pretty handy too :) Might make up for the lack of external flash... I'll get down to making one!

I will eventually get the Tamron, but for now I'm just dying to delve into macro photography, as I have been wanting to for years. Photos like yours just tempt me even more :P Back a few years ago I thought all I needed was an SLR for macro (how bad is THAT?) - didn't realise just how many lenses there are out there and that not all let you do the same thing... and even now I learn that just some simple lens held to another can take you a long way! I could get the Kenko tubes now and get the macro lens in summer when I get back a summer job.. but right now what seems highly affordable is a reverse ring (since it's really hard to keep focused, still, and hold the lens in place manually as you probably can understand) and give that a go for now :) It's definitely the most budget option so far :P

I could also go for a budget telephoto zoom lens and the kenko tubes? That would come to the same price as the macro, with much more versatility as the zoom can be used for other life awaiting situations :) Just I hope that quality then won't be a problem... then I could bump it up with a reverse lens on that :P

Thank you so much for the information again - I appreciate the time to you take to reply so much :meow:
Shadic-DreamHedgehog Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
this is so pretty. :)
goRillA-iNK Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you soooo much for your kind words. :D
Shadic-DreamHedgehog Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
your very welcome :3
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