Macrophotography by Using A Magnifying Glass

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Few weeks ago one friend of mine at Kampretklik group suggested me to use a magnifying glass in order to produce macro images as one of his friend does it. The reason why he suggested me to use it instead of 50 mm lens, which I cannot afford it at the moment, is because I am keen to take pictures of small objects such as insects or something like that. It is pretty obvious that I cannot produce macro images with my Kodak Easy Share C713 for the objects that its dimension is about one cm or less.

So currently I am experimenting and still practicing to shoot macro images by combining my camera with my 60 mm and 5x of magnifying glass.

Here some of my results:

My macro using magnifying glass

Lotus corniculatus or Bird’s-foot-trefoil

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My macro using magnifying glass

The bee, the fly, and garden grape-hyacinth flower (Muscari armeniacum)

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My macro using magnifying glass

The bee and the flower that been torn by.

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My macro using magnifying glass

The fly on the grass.

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My macro using magnifying glass

A pair of ladybirds or ladybugs or 'kumbang koksi/kepik' in Indonesian.

Mallard Ducks Game

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Yesterday I posted this picture of mine on Facebook at the group where I am in, Kampretklik. We have a weekly game and this week the theme is balancing composition. One friend commented of this picture said they are twins. I said in my reply that they are not, at least when we look at their reflections on the water. We only played a joke.

My mallar ducks

Apparently if you look at this picture then you will find or see some differences between the two of them.

Can you see it? How many you got? It’s your turn to find it out! Let’s having fun, guys! 😀

“Ain’t I Beautiful?”

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The swans really know if they are beautiful yet elegant!

By their gesture they seem like wanted to say, “Ain’t I beautiful?”

I took these pictures during the sunset yesterday.

My beautiful swan*

My beautiful swan*

My beautiful swan*

My beautiful swan*

My beautiful swan*

My beautiful swan*

March, 25 March 2012, when the time has just been moved forward one hour due to the British Summer Time.

Original vs Image Editing

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Original

My Original Image

My Original Image: A Curve of Canal

Image Editing

My Image Editing

Retouched by Widianto H Didiet

My Image Editing

Retouched by Ajie Nugroho

My Image Editing

Retouched by Yulianus Wasis Pribadi

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Original

My Original Image

My Original Image: Horizon

Image Editing

My Image Editing

Retouched by Ajie Nugroho

My Image Editing

Retouched by Yulianus Wasis Pribadi

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Original

My Original Image

My Original Image: People

Image Editing

My Image Editing

Retouched by Widianto Didiet

My Image Editing

Retouched by Yulianus Wasis Pribadi

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Original

My Original Image

My Original Image

Image Editing

My Image Editing

After I retouched it

My Image Editing

Retouched by Yulianus Wasis Pribadi

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Original

My Original Image

My Original Image: Detail

Image Editing

My Image Editing

Retouched by Granito Ibrahim

Camera: Kodak Easy Share C713

Location: Pennington Flash Country Park, United Kingdom

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Thank you very much to all friends at Kampretsklik for having shared their knowledge, for the inspirations and support, and for having taught lots of things in photography.

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I’ve added few photos as a result of image editing.

Candid Photography: When A Bee Have Sunbathing

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I was busy taking pictures of Freesia flowers when I saw one big bee was flying around from one flower to another one. I am not quite sure whether this bee is sort of Western honey bee (European honey bee).

Finally she landed on one flower for collecting nectar. I was observing her whilst standing still nearby. I then decided to approach her closely.

 “Hello there. What are you doing?” I whispered to the bee.

Sunbathing Bee

"Look at you! The buds all over your body!"

I squatted down and observed still.

Sunbathing Bee

"You are not finish yet, eh, are you?"

I decided to leave her on her own for a while and took some pictures of the flowers around without giving too much noise. I just didn’t want to disturb her.

Then I came back to check her…

Sunbathing Bee

"Oh! You are tired. I bet you are full right now. Enjoy the sunbathing, mate!"

When I was enjoying her sleeping then she started to move and all of sudden I saw her stood up right in front of me!

Sunbathing Bee

"What are you doing here? Are you stalking on me? Are you taking a candid picture of me?" asked the bee to me.

It was the first day in March 2012. Welcome to the spring!

*Camera: Kodak Easy Share C713

Does A Kitten Really Need A Money Advice Service?

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Does A Kitten Really Need The Money Advice Service? I don’t know! But my kitten Budi seems like curious with the service!

My kitten Budi

Are you planning something, boy?!

Have a good week ahead, everyone!