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.

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