Poor Man’s Macro – Free Choice

Links CLICK Here and Here. On these websites the photography is amazing. The macro is crisp and clean, something I was trying really hard to accomplish on my own. For those who don’t know, poor man macro is simply when you take the lens off your camera, turn it backwards, and hold it up to the camera. It takes practice at first, and I’m still working on getting it just right. The images never turn out completely clear; parts are blurry but some in focus. I like this look, a lot.

For example, take the image below. The left half blurs out while the right side with the dandelion stayed in focus. I love the soft light and colors.

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The next two are dandelions again, but in their pre-mature state. I got super excited once I opened this photo up in Photoshop. In the beginning, these photos were overexposed to the point where the photo was totally blown out. But I knew that the image was there somewhere. So I brought down the exposure in the RAW settings of Photoshop and I found it. Its amazing what you find when its zoomed in close.

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The next series is close up pictures of grass. I had no idea or inclination that there is purple flower tips on the ends of grass. I got tons of different shots. One of my favorite aspects is the blurred green background. That’s one thing that macro is good of; creating mystical backgrounds.

Take a look at these!

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Next series; my dirty side. No, not that dirty side, but me walking in dirt, literally. Surprisingly, these photos were of plain soil, not gravely dirt. Like I said before, its amazing what you find when you get close up.

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(Side Bar) The photo below isn’t shot with macro, but I liked the burned coal look.

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Here is zoomed in soil, so take a look! You won’t get half as dirty as I did.

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Below photos; aspens. You can tell it’s an aspen by the way it is.

I tried to get some cool sap shots. The bark is broken up and looks like pieces that all fit together.

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Next photos below are some of my favorite photos I took. I have a rose bush in the backyard and I had an idea of getting close up shots of the thorns. I love how again half of the photo is blurred while some in focus. It draws the eyes in with interest.

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Here are more bark pictures of the trunk cracking. It took me a few shots to get them in focus. I love the design and natural art of nature.

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Lilac! My favorite flower and smell. Beautiful. These didn’t turn out as clear as I’d hope, but I thought i would post them anyways to show what I tried.

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Below is another collection of what I took for fun. It isn’t with macro, but I thought they were interesting shots. I tried different things to get unique angles.

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Next I took a trip to my father’s shop out in the back. He has so much stuff back here that I am surprised it all fits in one place. I found some weird looking poles that I thought were interesting. I took some shots to see what I could do.

I tried to get different angles of close-up and far back. I tried to create dimension

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One response to “Poor Man’s Macro – Free Choice

  1. Excellent post. Try either adding some blue to the images that have all the green in it, OR desaturate the yellow some. Make the green look greener.
    Strong post, lots of great images.

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