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one small step...

By sputnki
One of the other things I played around with during my online sabbatical was building a 'Pringles' macro. You basically take a fitted cap for your camera body, epoxy it to the metal bottom of a Pringles chip (or in England, crisp) container. After it dries, put a spade bit of about 1" on your trusty drill and go through the center. So now you can affix the (empty!) can to your camera. On the open end I carefully cut a circle in the removable top to tightly grip a spare old manual focus/manual exposure lens. A bit of old sock around the kit lens to snug the fit and viola! An extension tube. Focus is through moving either the camera or the object a millimeter one way or the other.... Depth of field is about nothing....

This was one of my shots. I thought it looked like you were coming up on the moon (hence the title), however it is actually a golf ball that came into reach of my rig.

Have a good one!


Tags: Close-up and macro Too darn close

Voters: The_Collector, BlueRoom, A_Harrison and 7 more

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The_Collector 13 4 1 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2008 2:40PM
hi Doug, where you beeeeen?
good to see you back =0)
this image is total lunacy btw =0)


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BlueRoom 13 73 20 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2008 4:11PM
It's a horrible picture but I'm going to give it a click in case you go away again. Smile


And Doug... you must have got a proper lens.
A_Harrison 15 261 Canada
10 Mar 2008 4:35PM
Never would have I guessed golf ball

sputnki 15 10 Canada
10 Mar 2008 6:41PM
Hi guys, and lol at Blue! Yes it is so horrible I rather like it! And relative to the pictures of ballpoint pens and bolts I also took, the more compelling of the lot... Think of the Pringles cam as a work in progress!

AlanBW 14 20 England
10 Mar 2008 6:45PM
Very diferent Doug - here's to further exprimentation from you
thorn 15 124 2 Scotland
10 Mar 2008 8:31PM
Hi Doug,
I didn't think it was a golf ball,thought it was a finger shape in a dough or something like i do agree that the shape is too smooth to have been dough,but that's what i thought. Have you thought of using ladies nylons or grease proof paper instead of old socks,that's what they used to put over the lens to stop the wrinkles showing so idea,i think it's still in progress though.take care,AnnSmile
ChrisOs 15 2 1 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2008 8:40PM
You’ve been to the moon? With a viola? Wow! And I thought you’d been painting your boat.
Probably not the greatest close-up pic you’ve posted. But have a click anyway.
And we do have Pringles in England.
MickS 15 23 14 England
6 Jun 2008 10:56PM
Watcha Doug,
I rather like the pic, a pleasing abstracted image of graduated darks and lights.
kitsch 14 439 4 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2008 8:09AM
hmmm i thought it was someone giving the finger!
full marks for experimentation Doug lol

all the best

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