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: 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





I love surprises. Well, I’m not a big fan of surprises like flat tires, but I love good surprises. I found one such surprise when gathering photos for my last print order. This delicate orchid kissed with dew has been hiding itself in my external hard drive for a couple years. It was time for it to see the light of day!

This is one of about 15 photos that will be available (as an 8×10 metallic print, matted and signed) at the drsimpsongallery.com booth at the Mistletoe Market. The Mistletoe Market will be held at Wakefield High School in Raleigh on Saturday, Nov 13. This will be the first time I will have prints for sale. There will be only one of each print available at this show, so come early. Of course, there are still plenty of cards in stock.