Macro Hack for Photographing Your Blooms: Now isn't that just the coolest thing since the invention of the wheel

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Macro Hack for Photographing Your Blooms

By greene
October 26, 2013

Use a hand lens or jeweler's loupe to obtain extreme close-ups.

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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 25, 2013 6:16 PM CST
Brilliant Greene, brilliant! Thank you SO much for this tip. I'm going to use it for sure! I have a little point & shoot camera & it just doesn't do macro shots. I've been frustrated. Now I won't be! Thumbs up I tip my hat to you.
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woofie
Oct 25, 2013 6:35 PM CST
Oho! Tricky, tricky! I also use my camera to enlarge things I can't read or get close enough to see properly. And DH just recently bought me a loupe. Heh. Now all I need is a third hand....... Hilarious!
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 25, 2013 6:44 PM CST
Good one woofie.... a third hand.... now where can I find 1 of those?
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Name: woofie
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woofie
Oct 25, 2013 7:07 PM CST
Ha! I think it's called a tripod! Hilarious!
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Leftwood
Oct 25, 2013 7:28 PM CST
I also take macro pics, knowing it will catch details that I don't see with my eyes.

Not only is this magnifying glass a great idea for you, Greene, but everything you see in the glass will be in camera focus, because all the light is emitted from an (almost) 2 dimensional plain (the lens), rather than a 3 dimensional plant. When the subject is 3 dimensional, there will always parts in sharp focus and parts in not so sharp focus. This focus trick can also be done with a mirror.
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terrafirma
Oct 25, 2013 7:36 PM CST
Ingenious! Thumbs up
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woofie
Oct 25, 2013 8:16 PM CST
Oh that is a good point, Rick! I hadn't thought of that! You know, I remember many long years ago, taking a picture with my little Instamatic camera through one of those big binocular thingies they used to have at scenic spots along the highway (do they still have those things?). I got a whole bunch of static about wasting film from the people I was with, but that darn picture came out great!
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Leftwood
Oct 25, 2013 8:32 PM CST
Wow, woofie. I wouldn't have thought there would be enough light for a film camera!
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woofie
Oct 25, 2013 8:39 PM CST
And an instamatic, at that! But I figured if I could see it, my camera could see it. So I held the camera lens right up against one of the lenses of the binocular thingie, and SNAP! It was a nice sunny day, up above the Sea Lion Caves in California. Came out quite nicely and I got to gloat! Still have the photo around here somewhere.
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blue23rose
Oct 26, 2013 5:19 AM CST
That is a very cool idea, Woofie! I love it!
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wildflowers
Oct 26, 2013 9:32 AM CST
Greene, you are a genius! I've used my camera to get a better look at things, sometimes that's still not enough! Can't wait to try this. Thumbs up
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gingin
Oct 26, 2013 3:58 PM CST
Oh boy...can't wait to play Hurray! Hurray!
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MotherRaphaela
Sep 19, 2014 7:53 AM CST
OK -- so does this mean the answer to my previous question is yes, photograph the jeweler's loupe itself? But still, I'm not always able to get that to be a clear picture. Is there a way to make it focus? Or is this a way our camera is getting old and won't do new tricks? MR
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greene
Sep 19, 2014 8:08 AM CST
Yes, I focused on the magnifier/lens/loupe. After about 80 tries I ended up with about 5 usable pictures.



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Name: Mother Raphaela
Holy Myrrhbearers Monastery NY (Zone 4b)
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MotherRaphaela
Sep 19, 2014 8:31 AM CST
greene said:Yes, I focused on the magnifier/lens/loupe. After about 80 tries I ended up with about 5 usable pictures.


OK, Thank You! , next thing to try. My vision is fine, but I have a damaged nerve in my face that can't handle temperatures much below 70. Since it's still only 59 out there (it got down to 31.7 this morning) Crying I'll have to go work on some houseplants... MR

P.S. Lynn, I put blankets on all my semps last night. I know. I'm a wimp and probably babying them too much, but I'd like them to have as much growing space as possible, and there aren't any more frosts in the immediate forecast... Thumbs up

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