Mundane Macro

Eye of the needle 1

More shots from the bellows macro, this time of mundane objects found around the house. Included are a very fine paintbrush, a ball point pen, fine needle, small safety-pin, head of a safety match, lens cleaning brush, strange wire Christmas decoration and the chipped corner of a welders’ glass that I used as a background for these photos.

Ball point pen 1

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The images are taken with a single tungsten photoflood bulb and some low light from a nearby window. All are at the maximum magnification of 5x.  All are bracketed shots processed in Photomatix with exposure fusion settings.

Safety pin 1

I cleaned much of the dust off my sensor, but still have a bit that I might make another try at removing. I hate to mess around in there, but I sure got a lot of gunk on the sensor from the old bellows unit, even though I cleaned it carefully.

Christmas decoration

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To open the gallery view click on any image below, navigate with the arrows and escape to return to this page.

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Canon 5Dii, Canon FD 50mm f3.5 Macro Lens reversed with a Canon Macrophoto Coupler FL and mounted on a Canon FL Bellows with a Canon Life Size Adapter. All macro images ISO100,  merged from 3 brackets each, variously at +/- 1.o and +/- 2.0 E.V. except match head merged from 2 sets of 3 brackets.

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15 thoughts on “Mundane Macro

    • Ha! Given that the front (or rather rear) of the lens is less than 1cm from the match, lighting it might make for a cool (hot?) photo, but I think would be fatal to the lens.

      As to mundane – the objects are mundane (except maybe the welder’s mask glass which is a bit more interesting), though at high magnification they take on a lot more interest for me. Even then they are more mundane than the recent photos of crystalline glazes, and the pots that they are on.

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    • Thanks Melinda. It is a strange little world all around us. And a very dusty one, in our house anyway – everything has dust on it at this scale. I like that ornamental wire the best of them all too – it has great bokeh. Arranging that stuff into a composition was hit or miss, it is all bent out of shape, a springy tangle and it kept on touching the lens and moving with it when I was trying to focus. This was the best of the shots I took, though they all had a greater sense of depth than any of the others. I see the gallery is uneven number – I will add one of the others which is a single image, not brackets.

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