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A Cheap Experiment

By ChiliMan
Loved reading the comments on yesterday’s upload Grin Thanks for the votes too, people.

A special mention goes to Joline’s comment where she went: “V2 is very coquettish and my favorite.”

‘Coquettish’. Love that Grin

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Now then…today’s upload is another reportative/informative one. And a silly one Grin

I’d considered getting a set of close-up diopters (I still might) before my extension tubes had arrived. A couple of days ago I thought, “Hang on…the diopter is basically a biconvex lens. So’s a magnifying glass.”

See where I’m going with this? Grin

Yesterday I bought a magnifying glass for 2 bucks (a pound). I set my lens to the minimum focusing distance and approached a subject. THEN…I held the magnifier against the lens and did the same. You won’t believe how much closer I got. How’s that for a super cheap option for close-up photography GrinGrin

V1 shows the two distances, with and without magnifying glass.
V2 shows the “set-up”.
V3 shows the process. Just sliding the book until the image was in focus for each shot.

Now the second pic ain’t as sharp…doesn’t look that good an image. Either ‘cos the magnifier wasn’t pressed as close as poss to the lens…or simply that its use degraded the image. Depth-of-field is super shallow too. Nevertheless, it was pretty cool getting that close with something so simple Smile

This weekend I’m gonna try some shots in the garden. With the magnifier held in firmly. Unfortunately, I WILL be inflicting the results on you poor souls at some point Grin

Andrew

Tags: Photo journalism Close-up and macro Magnifying glass Diopter Humour and fun

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Comments


SUE118 Plus
12 8 1 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2013 3:38PM
These is so interesting and one can see you are having fun which is what it's about. SmileSmile
johnlw 14 1 10 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2013 3:41PM
Like v1 she looks trapped in supplication.SmileSmileSmile
Regards John.
debu 11 India
5 Jul 2013 3:42PM
Great work.
debu
Hermanus 8 4 South Africa
5 Jul 2013 3:48PM
I love this creative experimenting !! Excellent Smile
CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
5 Jul 2013 4:20PM
You are having fun, Andrew, and with some interesting results Smile. Very well thought out and executed. Carol
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 19 Canada
5 Jul 2013 4:27PM
Lots of fun going on with these Andrew. I've actually tried this but with not as good a result. In V1, my first thought was the lady looked rather like an ant. The big eyes and the little middle. Great shots all round......Sandy
franken Plus
18 5.2k 4 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2013 4:30PM
Well worth experimenting Andrew and you've done well here.

Ken
Jasper87 Plus
11 2.7k 158 England
5 Jul 2013 5:19PM
Elementary my dear Watson Grin Excellent fun and experimentation.

Dave
barbarahirst 12 27 12 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2013 5:55PM
I am exhausted just reading what you did...
Just how creative you are overwhelms me....
Ade_Osman 18 4.5k 36 England
5 Jul 2013 6:32PM
I've just sourced a set of bellows to fit my Pen, watch this space Wink Interesting stuff Andrew....

Ade
AnnChown 11 207 1 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2013 6:43PM
Well experimented Andrew - it's worked a treat. Thanks for showing the set up too - keep at it! Smile I wonder what your little statue is pleading for.... any ideas? Smile
Ann
Great fun Andrew.. Thanks for sharing Wink
DolphinLady 15 54 1 Wales
5 Jul 2013 10:32PM
I don't know why but I just didn't see you with a red camera...looks good.
Really like V2 but V1 is bugging me...is she something to do with The Corpse Bride or am I way off track ?????
Hilary (*_*)..xx
netta1234 9 382 2 Wales
6 Jul 2013 7:55AM
A Brilliant experimentSmile
NettaSmile
EMJAYCEE Plus
12 10 10 England
6 Jul 2013 8:01AM
Nothing like a good experiment, especially when it's successful, and saves cash as well.WinkGrin
Joan.
CaroleA 15 5 3 England
6 Jul 2013 8:18AM
Well played in all senses of the word. (Dunno about V1 looking like her being trapped in supplication - looks more like trapped wind to me! I think I'm with Hilary on being unsettled by your lady!)
CaroleS Plus
11 442 3 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2013 8:21AM
If nobody experimented where would all our new toys come from! A great idea carried through with such good results Andrew, the extra detail in those huge eyes (and she does look like The Corpse Bride) proves the point.Smile
Carole
DeSilver Plus
13 14 12 England
6 Jul 2013 8:43AM
It seems to work quite well Andrew but I would still stick with waiting for the close-up diopters or even a set of extension tubes. Any way whatever you do try and find yourself a better looking model! Wink Tongue Smile Smile

Experimenting is a great way to learn.


David.
ChiliMan 14 135 17 Singapore
6 Jul 2013 8:47AM

Quote:It seems to work quite well Andrew but I would still stick with waiting for the close-up diopters or even a set of extension tubes. Any way whatever you do try and find yourself a better looking model! Wink Tongue Smile Smile

Experimenting is a great way to learn.


David.



Thanks, David Grin I got the extension tubes before this...but had to try this anyway GrinGrin
SlowSong Plus
12 9.6k 30 England
6 Jul 2013 10:42AM
What fun. Great to see the process. It's like everything - we all see the lovely results but rarely the messy bits. It's very interesting to see how close together all the components were to get the shot, and that's a very pretty book cover too. Smile
Joline Plus
14 34 59 United States
6 Jul 2013 12:00PM
The bride of the Ant King???????
Looks like you are getting pretty good at this technique.
LynneJoyce Plus
12 22 101 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2013 4:42PM
Yay, got this to upload at last!

A fascinating series but now you are worrying me Andrew. That looks very much like geeky studio stuff to me!
Brilane 14 5 12 Wales
6 Jul 2013 4:54PM
Interesting, Andrew.
It doesn't surprise me that the shots are not quite as good as you would get with ext. tubes or close-up filters, as the magnifying glass is not optical glass. Still good results though.
Brian
6 Jul 2013 7:46PM
so interesting, a brilliant result
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
6 Jul 2013 10:22PM
Excellent improvisation Andrew, your model looks a bit wooden though!WinkGrin
ChiliMan 14 135 17 Singapore
7 Jul 2013 5:03AM

Quote:Yay, got this to upload at last!

A fascinating series but now you are worrying me Andrew. That looks very much like geeky studio stuff to me!



Lol...needed a controlled environment for a proper comparison test. Taken on my desk under my desk light Grin
ChiliMan 14 135 17 Singapore
7 Jul 2013 5:38AM

Quote:I don't know why but I just didn't see you with a red camera...looks good.
Really like V2 but V1 is bugging me...is she something to do with The Corpse Bride or am I way off track ?????
Hilary (*_*)..xx



The red and white versions of the cam really grabbed me. But the red one was the one I kept looking at Grin First time I've had a red camera.

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