Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Turnabout's fair play

Damselfly

We've made the turn from spring to summer and with that, it's time for me to do my annual "turn the lens around and shoot something small" photo trekking.

In this case, I gaffer-taped two 50mm f/1.8 lenses together face to face so the back of one of the lenses points toward the subject. I can focus down to less than half an inch with this setup. Add a flash on a bracket that dumps light just past the lens and I can shoot just about anything that will stay still long enough for me to move in. You lose the corners of the frame, but a little cropping takes care of things nicely.

This damselfly was one of dozens flitting about my backyard yesterday, enjoying the warm weather.

Photograph © 2010 James Jordan.

4 comments:

Erik said...

That is so cool. I am going to have to try something like that. Do you have a picture of the lenses together...I'd love to see that.

Erik said...

Oh...and I didn't mention. I love the dragonfly capture.

Holly said...

That is amazing. I love it.

Stacey Dawn said...

Now THAT is one GREEN bug - gorgeous!