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! 😀

My Minimalist: A Simple Node of A Wire Fence

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Recently a friend of mine at Kampret group introduces me what it is called minimalist in photography. So when I went to a country park a week ago, I looked around to find a simple object creating a minimalist photograph. I finally ended up with a wire fence.

I took this picture with my Kodak Easy Share C713.

My minimalist photography

A Simple Node of A Wire Fence

An Abstract Scenery

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Intentional Camera Movement (ICM). What is that? I had no idea when my friends at Kampret Klik played a game with ICM in theme. One of them, Misscurious83, explained me that ICM is about to move your camera while taking a picture. Oh well! That means I don’t have to panicking since I got some pictures of it, I said to myself. I didn’t know it before if it is called Intentional Camera Movement, LOL.

I am very thankful to Katie because she was the one who gave me an inspiration about the ICM as I’ve posted here: Indefinite Image: The Bright Against The Dark. Since then I’ve been learning how to do and produce a good image.

Yesterday I went to a country park for ‘chasing’ the sunset. Unfortunately it was cloudy when the sun was going down whilst it was sunshine beforehand during the daytime. When I was taking lots of pictures in the park, a voice came across to my head telling me to practice the ICM photographs. So I started playing with my Kodak Easy Share C713 by moving it around such as diagonally, horizontally, and vertically.

And here my some pictures of the ICM that I just took it yesterday.

My ICM photograph

My first trial of ICM photograph

 

My ICM photograph

My second trial of ICM photograph

 

My ICM photograph

Another trial of ICM photograph

 

My ICM photograph

My final trial of ICM photograph

 

My ICM photograph

The blue sunset at the horizon as my object of ICM photograph

 

Here another article by Juergen Roth, Mastering the Art of Intentional Camera Movement. It is very useful for learning ICM photograph.

Create A Contre-jour “Accidentally”

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What I meant by “accidentally” is I did not know the term of contre-jour until a friend of mine at Kampretsklik introduced it.

Contre-jour at the seaside in Rhyl.

My Contre-jour at the seaside

Taken using Samsung Digimax A7

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Contre-jour at the seaside in Blackpool

My Contre-jour at the seaside

Taken using Samsung Digimax A7

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Contre-jour on the top hill at Rivington Pike (reposted picture from Spotted)

My Contre-jour image

Taken using Kodak Easy Share C713

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.

Dirty Utensils in The Morning

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Everything surround us can be used as an object theme of a photography whatever it is. It depends on our creativity. But a creativity without a sense of art perhaps would produce a picture with less attractive.

Currently I’ve been joining a group on Facebook called Kamprets which all the member have an interest in photography. The members of the group are all Indonesian. I’ve learned a lot from that group since their members are not only sharing their best pictures but also their knowledge of photography. So people like me who are amateur by the way (and doing it as a hobby only) could improve our skills or technique of.

The administrators of the group also provide some competition or game which they all are really fun to join with. There is a favorite game of the most active members called Simon Says or Kamprets Klik. In this game one member would request a theme and others would upload theirs. Whoever wins in this game would become the next person who request a new theme. That’s how the game run by. Do not say that this game has no difficulty task. It has apparently! For instance when one member requested a theme called Rendang, a special dish from Minangkabau, Indonesia, but it’s been known wide spread all over Indonesia. Some members in order to win it ought to go out to the small restaurant in the morning and waited for the restaurant to open for buying that dish. But when they came back home and wanted to post their picture in a rush, they found out that other members had already posted it and won the theme. Also the members have to face the problem of their internet speed that affect uploading process of the picture. Those things are quite frustrating sometimes but in a funny way. That’s why the members love it so much because it’s really fun and always makes us laugh especially when somebody failed to win the theme due to their defeat in uploading process. One member describes it as “the smoke in my eyes”.

My picture below won one theme in Simon Says game called Dirty Utensils in The Morning. Even the dirty stuffs can be an object and look good still in the picture. So it is right to say beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

My Dirty Utensils in The Morning

My Dirty Utensils in The Morning