Dandelion drops

Pure play, no need to comment. I was delighted to see that the dandelion growing in the pot next to the front door had gone to seed, so took it indoors for a photo shoot. I've seen some amazing pictures on here using a reversing ring so thought I'd have a dabble reversing the lens but without a ring. Was astonished how much it magnified.
Interesting about reversing the lens. I haven't tried that before. Lovely shot.
posted April 30th, 2018  
very cool
posted April 30th, 2018  
No idea how you did this, but it's very interesting.
posted April 30th, 2018  
I think it's great.
posted April 30th, 2018  
Great shot. No idea how you reverse a lens, but the result is great.
posted April 30th, 2018  
Very nice
posted April 30th, 2018  
Fab!
posted April 30th, 2018  
Lovely soft shot.
posted April 30th, 2018  
How could I not comment on this - those delicate little hairs that you've caught don't seem sturdy enough to hold up that large drop of water. It produces such an intriguing combination. :)
posted April 30th, 2018  
Well done! It's hard enough WITH the ring to hold the lens in place. If you are daft enough to play seriously, rings are less than £10.
How about this for serious daftness - try "free" reversed lens. No, I haven't & no I won't!
jx
posted April 30th, 2018  
nice ...
posted April 30th, 2018  
I really like the softness of this shot.
posted April 30th, 2018  
Hello Felicity, thanks for you challenge, I will have a try - if the weather obliges with some raindrops!! I have loved looking through your project - you have many stunning shots, I am in awe!! So, for your challenge this week, how about shooting red on red? I was set this quite a while ago - it was a challenge to me. Please let me know if you would prefer something else though. Anne
posted April 30th, 2018  
@365anne Thanks Anne, that's so kind of you - glad you don't see all the ones I delete! Have never tried red on red, this will be interesting. Re raindrops I use a spray bottle and glycerine is supposed to work well instead of water. There are lots of really good tutorials on YouTube re raindrops - sorry, am rubbish at hyperlinks. Will try to send you a link that I was sent a few weeks ago. Just have fun with it, I think they're quite addictive. Your camera has such a great zoom am looking forward to seeing your results:) Felicity
posted April 30th, 2018  
@taffy I just held the lens to the camera the wrong way round and pressed the button - is this free lensing?
posted April 30th, 2018  
@bintal You just detach the lens, turn it the wrong way round, hold it up to the camera still the wrong way round and shoot - for some strange reason it magnifies quite well:)
posted April 30th, 2018  
@fbailey I don't know...I've never done it (I'd be worried about dust getting in). An interesting idea -- is it to create a lens baby effect?
posted April 30th, 2018  
@taffy I know very little about lens baby effect and sorry, am no good at hyperlinks. If you Google "extreme macro photography reverse lens" it should give you a lot of information. I'm very new to this having been interested in Jesika's pictures @jesika2 - she's very accomplished at insect macros. Think the idea is to use an older prime lens, not an expensive modern one. I am sure it will make sense to you, but it left me rather in the dark with all the details:)
posted April 30th, 2018  
@365anne This (hopefully) is the link that was sent to me a few weeks ago.
Here are some examples https://www.google.ca/search?q=refraction+water+droplets&rlz=1C1GCEB_enCA785CA785&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ

posted April 30th, 2018  
@fbailey Oh wow, they are fabulous - wont be able to do anything approaching that standard, but it is certainly inspiration!! Thanks
posted April 30th, 2018  
@365anne If you're interested, I downloaded a free 4x DSLR camera zoom app on my mobile phone which worked pretty well on these:) Not so clunky as a camera!
posted April 30th, 2018  
A lovely macro shot, great detail. Fav!! 😀
posted April 30th, 2018  
@fbailey Yes please - would it matter that my camera is not DSLR?
posted April 30th, 2018  
@365anne The app is called Zoom DSLR camera and you can get it from the Google Play Store it's free. Some of the best macros I did were years ago on a little Pentax Optio point & shoot. Your camera has a 38x zoom which is very impressive!!
posted April 30th, 2018  
@fbailey Thanks I will have a look at the app. Yes, for a bridge camera I gather it's zoom is ok!! I certainly am very happy with the camera and the results I manage to get with it
posted April 30th, 2018  
I have no idea how you did this - it is stunning! Fav
posted April 30th, 2018  
This is almost an abstract. I never heard of reversing a lens so that is something new to try.
posted April 30th, 2018  
@redandwhite It's fun and different - great for flagging phojo:)
posted April 30th, 2018  
A beautiful micro.
posted April 30th, 2018  
Sounds complicated but its a beautiful result
posted May 1st, 2018  
Stunning macro!
posted May 1st, 2018  
@fbailey @taffy I was just reading about this and that's what it is. You take a lens and hold it up to the camera rather than screwing it in. The fun part is that you can use any lens to do this- it doesn't necessarily have to "match" your camera. Some people allow light leaks, other minimize them as much as possible- the variety is endless. This is definitely something I am going to experiment with and since I just won the job of hosting the next technique challenge it may appear there as well if it was never done or not done recently...

as for this shot- it's beautiful! fav
posted May 1st, 2018  
@fbailey @fbailey Oh, and you can do it facing the right way or reversing the lens.
posted May 1st, 2018  
Beautiful!
posted May 1st, 2018  
Wonderful image and I loved the instruction and conversation!
posted May 1st, 2018  
So neat! You are brave to do all these types of experiments. I would be worried about dust and dirt getting into the camera ...
But the result is wonderful!
A FAV!
posted May 7th, 2018  
@farmreporter Thanks Wendy - am so pleased we got to be partners again in Get Pushed - this was going to be your challenge!! Extreme macro with reverse lensing. However, I do understand that not everyone is as cavalier with their equipment as I am, my next choice was low light portrait, but I see you've recently done one of those too ...

So this week's challenge is either to produce an HDR effect photo using exposure compensation buttons and blending in Photoshop (I think you have this?) or focus stacking on any subject you like. These are two things I attempted recently and found them very interesting and will doubtless come in very useful at some stage (if I can still remember how to do them)!

I leave it up to you which one you go for, but if you don't want to use Photoshop, please get back to me and I'll come up with something else. Good luck partner!

posted May 7th, 2018  
Hello Felicity
Those are both really great challenges and I just may give each of them a try!
So good that my partners are pushing me to learn new techniques lately!
posted May 7th, 2018  
@farmreporter So pleased you're happy! Thanks very much for mine, two of my older dogs (and I) have slowed up a lot lately, but the youngest is still fairly active as well as vocal. Looking forward to my challenge:)
posted May 7th, 2018  
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