My first real macro attempts

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Today an article from the photography. It’s hard not to recognize that I like photography, at least for people who follow my blog :) It is a great hobby and I wouldn’t be against even to earn the one or other euro with it :)

Anyway. Especially I am happy when I can make small things big. Like a grasshopper or a nice flower in large size or something like that. In the technical jargon is it called “macro photography”.

Unfortunately are my lenses very limited in this case. From a certain distance is it not possible to focus an object. They are just not made for very small distances.

Now I was reading a trick in a forum how to make real macro pictures with a 17-45mm lens. Just simply turn around the lens… so hole it the other way around on the camera. But in this case all electronic features are not working anymore. So you need to set up the focus and the aperture manually. But for some sample shots is it ok.

And so I made some pictures last night of a dead bug. With the bad light in the evening not a good try (beside from the point that the bug was rotten already). :)

Today in the morning I saw a fly, which was very interested on the rest of my apple from last evening. I used this opportunity to use her as my next model. :) And this pictures was much better already… if your consider that I was holding the camera in one hand and the lens with the other. Focusing by distance. And to focus while making a macro picture that way is very difficult. Because the focus area at 17mm is in a range of approx. 1mm. 90% spoilt.

But this made me so excited that I decided to invest the money for the macro equipment for my Olympus E-410. There is a really good macro lens from Olympus, the 35mm 3,5. It can make pictures up to 1:1. Which is already very good. I am thinking also to buy additionally the extension tube EX-25 for the 17,5-45mm and the 70-300mm. With this tube I would be able to focus with this lenses as well much closer and using them basically as macro lenses as well.

And of course a proper tripod and a special flash for macro. All together it would cost around 500 Euro. This is already a big investment. Even I choose already the cheaper way. There are macro lenses which cost 1000 Euro… just the lens :-/

I hope I will have the money for it soon and as soon as everything is here I’ll make the small world really big :)

But here for now first the pictures from today. I would be glad about encouraging (but honest) comments ;)

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