Manual macro play


Today, I have played with a semi-antique, manual lens (Olympus Zuiko 1:3.5 50mm) on a Vivitar 2x Macro Focusing Teleconverter adapted to a Fuji X-T1, tripod and cable release. Image developed in Rawtherapee 5.5-rc2 and The Gimp.

The model is one of my favourites: an almost withered potted plant.
Would you like to guess what species?

Have fun!
Claes in Lund, Sweden

(Mica) #2

Nice job holding that depth of field! The purple tones are quite lovely.

(Ingo Weyrich) #3



Bingo! Cyclamen it is.


I misread it as

(Ingo Weyrich) #6

As a child, during breakfast, I always sat at at the other side of the table than my dad, who read the newspaper in the morning. So I quickly learned to read the newspaper downside up. That helped me to identify the Cyclamen :wink:

(Massimo Bill) #7

Wow, really nice shot!

Now I’m a bit curious… I’m a bit of a fan of macro myself… How did you get this depth of field? Care to elaborate a bit? :grin:


With a one-second exposure (from the exifs), you can use a rather small aperture. And nothing says that the picture as we see it is the whole frame, it could have been taken from further away and cropped.


Couldn’t resist using it to improve my “WYSIWYG Freaky Details” technique:


Morning, @Ofnuts,

I am not too fond of freaky details when depicting flowery things.
The overall impression easily gets far too harsh…

Have fun!
Claes in Lund, Sweden


I agree, a bit overdone.


Morning, @billznn,

Thank you. If I recall what I did (yesterday!?, gee what short memory I have)…

  • f11, 1.4 seconds exposure,
    distance focal plane -> object about 30 cm (1 foot)

  • light = desktop lamp with a 16 modern Watts LED bulb
    (equals about 75W old incandescent Watts), 6500K, about 30 cm away

  • hardware described above

Here is the entire frame:

Have fun!
Claes in Lund, Sweden

(Massimo Bill) #13

Thanks :wink:
So, no focus stacking then… Ok, it’s not that ‘macro’, I’d say.