macro photos

i posted about the microscopic photography i saw at Maker Faire a couple years ago here by Rich Gibson. I saw him there again this year and spoke with him about his process. He’s developed a complex and detailed process that requires his own hardware, with hundreds and hundreds of images that are focus-stacked and composited on a computer.

i guess this subject matter can accomodate the teeny depth-of-field this process allows. Maker Faire 2011

His work is so unique and I wish there was some way to get close to it – I think it’d be cool to have a huge detailed print on your wall:

In doing a little research I found a hacky way to at least get in close to a subject without special equipment:

This basically expands the field of view through a lens and then compresses it through another; you shoot through a lens that’s backwards and sitting in front of your standard lens.

This got some interesting results. Here’s a carrot(click to enlarge):

Detail from this guy:

As you can see you get up really close to the subject which is cool, but DOF and vignetting are a problem; I cropped out 60% of this image which was unusable..

Here’s another:

this is the A and N from STANLEY on the handle:

You have to mess with the settings a ton to get it right – I put a 50mm.1.4 on the camera and then had a zoom lens reversed and held over the top of it; focusing/zooming even the slightest bit can put the whole thing out of focus as you’re dealing in millimeters.

This is a simple way to get close into an image.
People who create the spider image above do use a proper macro lens, then do the stacking process to get focus.
I imagine Rich’s process is the same in theory but on another level.

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