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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.

 

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Day 8: January 8, 2012

I’ve been wanting to practice detail shots with the macro setting on my camera. Today, I had to look no further than my own wrist. This is the bracelet I got for Christmas from my brother, sister-in-law and nieces. For the first time, my sis-in-law went shopping by herself determined to pick out something for me that I would love. First time and she nailed it! This is so perfectly my taste and style.

I wanted to capture the beautiful colors, but I love the tones in black and white too. So, here’s the bonus b/w version: