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Macro Shots Through Freelensing

Over the last month or so, while reading through a photography forum and Facebook page, I kept seeing the term “freelensing” come up. But, I had no idea what it was or why I would care.

Come to find out, it’s taking your lens off the camera and turning it around to use it as a macro lens. Macro…that’s why I care. I love detail shots and have always taken as many as possible. But in the past, since I don’t have a macro lens, I could only get so close.

While reading this article on the Pretty Presets site, I found out that you can use an adapter to actually attach your lens to your camera backwards. Since I’m a bit clumsy, this made me much more comfortable.   I ended up getting an adapter that didn’t fit my 50mm lens, but it fit my 18-55mm just perfectly.  I have not been disappointed.

You can’t use auto focus with the lens attached backwards. Any tiny movement by you or the subject changes the focus.  But, (and I can’t believe I’m saying this) that’s part of the fun.  Freelensing is part exacting, part completely unpredictable – kinda like me.

Within the first shot or three, I ended up with this!

Macro Shots Through Freelensing


I was in love.  Of course, not every shot turns out.  Sometimes even when they don’t really turn out, they still kinda do.


Here are some of the freelensing shots I’ve gotten so far.  (If you follow my Facebook page, you may have seen a few already)  I wouldn’t be surprised if more turn up before long.  I’m having just a little too much fun.























365 Project: March 9, 2016

As I’ve indicated on my Facebook page, I have not given up on my 365 project at all.  I’ve been shooting every day.  I just haven’t gotten a chance to catch up everything all at once.  In an effort not to get further behind, I’m going to post out of order just to get back on track.  I think in the upcoming days, while continuing to shoot daily, I’ll plan to post weekly (or maybe twice a week).

I’ve been having a lot of fun trying to get new shots and working on my editing skills during this time while the only camera I have available is my phone.  New equipment coming soon, I hope.

But, if you’ve seen any of my photos over the years, you know I love shooting flowers.  I thought this one was particularly lovely.


D R Simpson Gallery Project 365: March 9, 2016 #drsimpsongallery #drsimpson365 #365project #flowers

365 Project: January 22-24

January 22


The freezing rain (and still a little sick) kept me inside yet again.  I love the look of freezing rain on the door screen and the foggy view of the tree out back.

D R Simpson Gallery: January 22,, 2016 #drsimpsongallery #drsimpson365 #365project #ncwx #ice #snowday




January 23

Still icy with a tiny bit of snow added since yesterday

D R Simpson Gallery: January 23, 2016 #drsimpsongallery #drsimpson365 #365project #ncwx #ice #snowday

So a nice warm fruit crisp with melty whipped coconut cream was in order.

D R Simpson Gallery: January 23, 2016 #drsimpsongallery #drsimpson365 #365project #ncwx #snowday #vegan #glutenfree

January 24

The sun is finally out and is illuminating and melting the ice.

D R Simpson Gallery: January 24, 2016 #drsimpsongallery #drsimpson365 #365project #ncwx #ice #sun

365 Project: January 18-21

I got sick a few weeks back and got behind on posting, but I’ve been shooting and will be catching up to date over the next couple days.

January 18

Art supply love

D R Simpson Gallery: January 18, 2016 #drsimpson #drsimpson365 #365project #artsupplylove


January 19

Sick day reruns

D R Simpson Gallery: January 19, 2016 #drsimpson #drsimpson365 #365project #sickday #reruns




January 20

Apparently, when I’m home sick, I end up doing portraiture of stuffed snow men (more accurately, snow woman).






January 21

This is pretty much what I looked like all week.

D R Simpson Gallery: January 21, 2016 #drsimpson #drsimpson365 #365project #sickday

365 Project: January 12-15, 2016

January 12:
Early morning low lying clouds looked a little like mountains in the distance.

D R SImpson Gallery: January 12, 2016 #drimpsongallery #drsimpson365 #trees #clouds



January 13
A lovely friend brought me these lovely flowers yesterday.  Thanks, D. <3


D R Simpson Gallery: January 13, 2016 #drsimpsongallery #drsimpson365 #tulips #flowers




January 14:2016
Yesterday’s tulips are opening up beautifully!


D R Simpson Gallery: January 14, 2016 #drsimpsongallery #drsimpson365 #tulips #flowers




January 15, 2016
While I’ve been recovering from my wrist surgery, I haven’t gotten to all the normal places.  Today my sweet mama drove me here.  Hello, old friend.

D R Simpson Gallery: January 15, 2016 #drsimpsongallery #drsimpson365 #wholefoodsmarket #wfm