Tuesday, February 2, 2010
January 12 ~ reverse lens macro
This image mimics the tone of the skinscape-like series I made for my BFA, which is interesting since I used the same lens to create them.
Nothing competes with the glass quality of a solid macro lens, but reverse lens macro is a fun method. You can get really close (I was touching or almost touching most subjects) and there's such a shallow depth of field. All you need are two lenses, at least one of which is fast. It's just what it sounds like: reverse one of the lenses. To do it properly you should use adapter rings to attach the lenses to each other, front element to front element, but I just held them in place with my left hand (the front lens has a smaller front diameter which is why there's vignetting). I used a 50mm 1.8 in front (the front lens is supposed to be the fast one) and had a 50 1.4 mounted on the camera. Use manual focus on mounted lens, set to infinity. I'm not sure if you also "need" to set the mounted lens to the widest aperture, but that's what I did. There's probably lots of room for adjustment and playing to get the look you want. Voila... close focus distance, wonderful different way of viewing the world.
Gear: Nikon D90, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4, Pentax 50mm f/1.8
Posted by Jen Dolen