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This is a photo of a rock slab 1/16" thick. The "depth" is created by backlight (using a small LED flashlight.) Lens was a OM 50mm f1.8 mounted in reverse position on the bellows. Aperture control was achieved by locking the auto aperture lever in the open position (with a piece of rolled up tin foil) and then stopping down the lens manually with the aperture ring. Back of the lens is 1.5" from the subject and the magnification is about 4X. (the area of the rock in the image is around 4mmX4mm.)

Photographer: Doug Hale ¤1
Folder: Doug's Abstracts
Uploaded: 2009-Nov-25 12:42 EST
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Camera: Olympus E-510
Lens: Other (please specify in image description)
Lens Adapter: OM Four Thirds Adapter
ISO: 100
Aperture: f8
Shutter Speed: 1/20
Focal Length: 50mm
Flash: No
Tripod/Monopod: Yes
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Looks like Doug has a lot of time on his hands! What a complex setup ... with a very interesting result.

Glen Holland ¤1 at 15:23 EST on 2009-Nov-25 [Reply]


a good experiment doug. that is what photography is all about imho. and excellent results.

have a good day

george shaw ¤1 at 15:34 EST on 2009-Nov-25 [Reply]


Thanks Glen. Time flies when you're having fun. This set-up isn't that complicated - it takes me about an hour to get ready for the shot and then each photo thereafter only takes only 10 or 15 minutes. In two hours, I can get 4 or 5 pics and discard at least 3 because of some lighting or composition problem. You're right - I do have too much time on my hands! ;-))

Doug Hale ¤1 at 17:35 EST on 2009-Nov-25 [Reply]


Thanks George. I do have lots of fun fiddling around with macro stuff. The adventure of finding new photo opportunities is almost as much fun as the result itself. ;-)

Doug Hale ¤1 at 17:41 EST on 2009-Nov-25 [Reply]


what kind of rock is so colorful?

dee vee HoF Win ¤ $1 at 16:02 EST on 2009-Nov-26 [Reply]


I'm not sure of the name, Don, but it appears to be a cut from a geode since there is a irregular hole in the middle.

I use the "live view" feature and move both the rock and the back-light around. At that magnification, even moving the subject 1/4th inch will produce a completely new view. Ditto for the back-light. Sooner or later, something unique pops onto the LCD and it's time to get serious about lighting, colors, focus, etc. Not nearly as spontaneous as catching a young dog in the back of a pick-up, but fun never-the-less, especially if it's raining buckets outside. Cheers

Doug Hale ¤1 at 19:35 EST on 2009-Nov-26 [Reply]


Another interesting macro shot wit very pleasing colours. Just like someone wise once said, good motifs are all around us, it's just a matter of seeing ;-). And here you've seen the (back-)light very well! I can well relate to exploring the macro depths around us all, it must something similar to looking through a kaleidoscope: it's ever-changing and mesmerizing = simply fun!

Pekka Tarkiainen Win ¤ at 03:38 EST on 2009-Nov-27 [Reply]


Thanks for commenting Pekka. Well said! :-)

Doug Hale ¤1 at 09:42 EST on 2009-Nov-27 [Reply]