Poor Mans Macro


Here are some shots of items I found out on Carolina Beach while visiting there with the family. What is poor mans macro, you ask? It’s simple. In lieu of an actual macro lens, you can take your normal lens off the body, flip it around backwards and take pictures through it. Now, you won’t be able to control your aperture of course (unless you can manually control it on the lens itself), but you want it wide open anyway to let in as much light as possible.

Pictured are (left) a feather, probably from a seagull, with some grains of sand, and (right) an old rusty dime found buried in the sand.

WonderLand – Aimishboy Photography

Incredible macro photography from Nadav Bagim, of Israel. He sets up miniature scenes on his kitchen table, adds an insect or two, and the results are nothing less than fantastic. The color that he manages to bring out in his photos is amazing in it’s own right, but add that to the nature of each scene he’s created and the way he’s managed to give personality to the subject of each photo, and you can see that there is something extra special here.

WonderLand – Aimishboy Photography.

Poor Mans Macro 2.0

I wrote a few days ago about a method of using a standard lens for macro photography. I shared only a few photos that day, but there were many shots that turned out well. I thought about going through the whole set and picking and choosing which ones to share with you, but then I decided to just upload the whole batch, all 81 images. So without further adieu, here they are.

And here are a few notable images that stood out to me.

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Poor man’s macro

Macro lenses are hard to come by if you’re on a shoestring budget. Luckily, there is a trick for us DSLR owners. Simply turn your lens around backwards. I experimented this evening with the technique, and got some surprising results while shooting a bouquet of roses that I gave to my wife on Valentines day. It took some experimenting to get just right – you must focus by moving closer to and farther from the subject, and the position of the focus ring, as well as the zoom, determines the focus distance. But once you get the hang of it, it’s fairly easy and makes for some fantastic results. The photos you see here are straight out of the camera, except for being resized.
Give it a shot, then leave a link to your result in the conmments!

Zebra Swallowtail on Zinnia

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A few weeks ago I noticed a butterfly at work. It was flapping around on the ground, so I knew it wouldn’t live much longer. So I decided I’d bring him home, show him to the girls so they could get a good close look at a butterfly. I put him between two small paper plates and taped the edges in four places. This makes the perfect butterfly transportation container.

So the next day I realized that this butterfly would be the perfect photographic subject. Cara (one of my daughters) had a box of Zinnia’s outside that she’d grown this summer, so I balanced the butterfly on top of one of them and got some pretty good shots. There are two in color, two in sepia and two wallpaper sized. Enjoy!