365.180 a quick bit of light play

And this is just what the title suggests…

In keeping with recent 365 photos, this is me mixing light sources and playing with color: on the left, a minimaglite; on the right an LED Lightbar thing; all around tungsten-balanced cfl and afternoon diffused sunlight. Pretty!

D7000. Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G, reversed. ISO100, 1/5th (AP mode), f/5.6 or f/8 (not really sure…). Minimal processing in Aperture.

365.91 Ohne Titel (niedlich auge)

A second set of attempts (see 365.15 for the first set…) to capture my right eye with a reversed 75-150, this time with flash to minimize the effects of the eye shake focus, but still fail.

I tried reversed, reversed with 52mm of extensions, reversed with 104mm of extension, and mounted straight, but with 104mm extension, at apertures from 3.5 to 11.

I got 4 or 5 shots that were pretty much in focus (on the bloodshot corners, anyway), but well off center. (An articulated screen would come in handy, for sure… maybe the next body I buy (in ~3 years) will have one. Until then, I’ll make due with what I have, and you’ll likely get to see some more soft focus self-portraits like this, say ‘Yay!’)

I had light pipe (see this post right here for more details) rocking, with the SB700 set to 1/8th power, and was handholding it about 3 inches in front and to the right of my eye. (No, I didn’t go blind, this time…)

I sorta sat around after uploading the first set of failed attempts, then tried again, then shot some other stuff, then came back and saw this one and two others, did some simple and minimal tweaking of exposure, black point, brightness, contrast, definition, saturation and levels, and *poof*!

D7000, 75-150mm f/3.5 E Series, reversed and extended by 52mm. ISO100, 1/250, f/3.5. SB700 at 1/8th in the light pipe, near camera left.

365.90 Part I: the Orignal

In honor of the 3 full Months I’ve been on this now, today’s 365 project comes in 3 parts…

Part 1: the Original

D7000. 24mm f/2.8 ai, reversed, on 104mm of extensions, and mounted on a GorillaPod and attempting to focus on the dust on the MacBook Pro, when I scooched when I should’ve leaned and banged the lens against the front corner of the computer…

No damage to the mbp or the 24mm, but a bit of paint scuffed off of the mount and stuck to the computer. This is the black bit in the center of the photo.

This version has only straightening applied, about 2 degrees worth.

ISO100, 1/250th, f/2.8. SB700, zoomed to 70mm, at 1/128th power, handheld and aimed straight down on the corner from about 4 inches, and triggered with the Cactus V5 triggers.

Stay tuned for Part II: Girl’s Best Friend and Part III: Bad 1970s Concert Poster.

365.89 Abstraktes Bild

After making 150-odd pictures with the 24mm f/2.8 ai, reversed and on 104mm of extension, and having extreme difficulty with composition and framing, and cursing the quick grip ball head and its extreme lack of precision (and actually quite desperate for a wider angle), I went back to the old standby: the 75-150mm f/3.5 E Series (also reversed and on the same 104mm extension), and ordered a much heavier geared head. GoGo.

2.4:1 is not nearly as impressive as 8:1, but it’s much easier to deal with, for sure.

D7000, Nikon 75-150mm f/3.5 E Series, reversed, on 104mm extension. ISO200, 1/20th, f/3.5.

365.86 How’s my hair?

I’m feeling a sort of Doc Brown vibe here…

And just not trying for two days in a row… Oh well. I’m feeling rushed and hurried, and for no good reason, and I’m taking it out on the 365 project. For shame.

D7000. Nikon 75-150mm f/3.5 E Series, reversed. ISO100, 2 seconds, f/8.

365.85 Gleam

Yes, it’s a bad title. And, yes, it’s a mediocre photo (at best).

But I’m in a bit of a hurry today. Well, not a hurry, exactly, but this is all I can do today.

I did find out that the 75-150mm E Series can achieve a reproduction ratio of 2.4:1 when reversed and stacked on 100mm of extension. This is rather nice, and easy to work with, what with the 3mm depth of field at f/8, which definitely beats the n micrometers I’ve been working with for the past few days…


D7000. Nikon 75-150mm f/3.5 E Series, reversed, and extended by 100mm. ISO100, .4 seconds (AP mode), f/8.

… in a network of lines that intersect

More fun with the new (old) lens!

This one begged to go b/w from the start, since the subject looks b/w already to my eyes, but goes green & yellow at these magnifications/scales/distances.

Fun, if wildly dusty, times. Yes, I cleaned the sensor again last night, and, yes, it got dust on it from merely taking the lens off, adding extension tubes, and replacing the lens. I’m content to clone the ~20-odd bits of dust out for now, but I foresee a desktop dust-removing, air-purifying thingy in my very near future.

It would be nice if someone could make a high quality lens that focuses down to 8:1 or 10:1, but also to infinity, and has built-in extension tubes of, say, 150mm. It wouldn’t necessarily need to zoom (to be the ideal lens for me, anyway), but only combine all of the above in one package, preferably with a metal mount and depth of field markings for 5.6, 8,  11, 16, and 22, and also with a smooth focus throw and fast AF for everything above 1:2 with no focus breathing.

Are you listening, Nikon? or Tokina? or Tamron? or Sigma? or Anyone that will make one of these in an F mount for something less than $2500?

Surely it’s not that far beyond the laws of physics, right? HA!


D7000. Nikkor 24mm f/2.8 ai, reversed, and extended by 100mm. ISO1600 (leftover from last night), 1/20 (chosen by the camera), f/5.6.