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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: Kyla
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kylaluaz
Sep 20, 2014 1:44 PM CST
I've been promising myself a jeweler's loupe for about three years now. Time to act!

Thanks, Greene!
Name: Greene
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greene
Sep 20, 2014 1:45 PM CST
You're welcome and please, please try to keep your new loupe clean. You can see how filthy mine is. *Blush*

Edit to add:

The one used for that 'idea' was about $26 here:
http://www.opticsplanet.com/bausch-lomb-pocket-3lens-magnifi...

If I were to spend money for a new magnifier, I would buy a lens on an adjustable goose neck - one with LED lighting. I would also buy a 'third hand' to hold the plant material.

I also own several watchmakers loupe in various magnifications - like this:
http://landainternational.com/index.php?route=product/produc...
Those don't help for taking photos, just for looking at details.
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kylaluaz
Sep 20, 2014 3:04 PM CST
To be honest, I probably won't use this the way you are; I was just taking this as a reminder. I am a crystal collector of sorts and some of those, with a loupe you can see a great deal more than you can with the naked eye. I had decided on a 10x to start, but that was several years ago and life intervened.

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Name: Greene
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greene
Sep 20, 2014 4:15 PM CST
Yes, I understand.
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kylaluaz
Sep 20, 2014 4:57 PM CST
Oh, my! Well, what I do is nothing so organized as that, but I do like to be able to peer in there! I can imagine that for faceting and cabbing (do we say cabbing? I don't know!), seeing smaller detail would be critical.

Neat!
Name: Greene
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greene
Sep 20, 2014 7:38 PM CST
'Cabbing' is a lovely word. Several mineralogical societies offer classes in 'cabbing', so yes, it is a good word.

I only shortened it to 'cab' earlier because I was too lazy to learn French in school.

All this has nothing to do with my photography tip, but I felt like rambling on a bit.
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kylaluaz
Sep 20, 2014 7:48 PM CST
I find spellcheck highly annoying, frankly.

I never knew what a cabuchon was until I got interested in Tiger Iron (not eye, iron) and found a nice slab on Amazon for $15 that the seller said was "ready for cabbing" and I had to look it up! Oh, cabuchon, oh right, I get it! LOL!

I did buy the slab and it was lovely except he'd put a big ole piece of masking tape across the entire piece and I never could get the adhesive off. Of course if I'd been going to polish it and cut it and make jewelry it would not have been an issue. Then, I moved, and it broke into several pieces because I didn't pack it well enough. But they are still lovely!

/ramble also

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greene
Sep 20, 2014 8:27 PM CST


(We are getting farther away from the original idea.) Rolling on the floor laughing
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kylaluaz
Sep 21, 2014 5:08 AM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing

Yes we are, but consider this: If that mineralogist had had a side business selling loupes, he could have suggested that everyone who bought one of his pieces also purchase a loupe, so they could detect the finer layers of color!

Green Grin!


Shrug! Well, it was worth a try.

However, I imagine that, once one owns an item such as a loupe, one easily finds more and more clever applications of its use, just like you have.

(There. That's a bit better.)

Whistling

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