Peter Bargh

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November 20th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 324 – jelly bean

This is a single jelly bean shot with the Olympus EP2 and toy lens with +10 macro adaptor on the front. The focus point is never centre and the blur, aberrations, vignetting and weird focus points make the shots a little odd, but I like the effects. The jelly bean was on the carpet and I shot with the lens resting on the floor for support. I focus by moving the camera in and out until I get the right parts sharp.

November 4th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 308 – I found gold

Inspired by a fellow ePHOTOzine blogger, Stewart (bfgstew) I decide to get my British made BPM bellows out and connect them to my Olympus Pen EP2 via a T2 /micro 4 thirds adaptor , and mounted a Pentax 50mm f/1.4 on the front. I then poked the contraption at some bonfire toffee, but didn’t like the results enough to want to post here, so I went the whole hog in copying Stewart and pointed the set up at a camera lens. He shot a screw, while I found gold…the rear electrical contacts of the Pen lens.

I illuminated the scene with a Manfrotto Pocket LED light that I currently have to review.

I’m quite pleased with the result, especially the colourful curve of the rear element complete with colour fringing. I increased saturation in Lightroom to enhance these colours.

October 27th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 300 – needle and thread

Trying out a new combination of an old Vivitar 3x converter I just acquired and Pentax 100mm macro to create a 300mm f/8 macro lens. It lets you get really close (from a distance) Here’s one of the shots of a needle and cotton thread, photographed against the bristles of a cleaning brush that came with a food blender.

September 24th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 267 – leaf

As you may know from reading some of my blog entries I like to mess around with unusual lens combinations.
This morning I attached the Toy lens onto the Olympus EP2 and then screwed in a +10 macro lens. This macro lens is part of an old fisheye macro converter. It gives good sharpness in centre but falls off at the edges. Combine that with the crazy Toy lens and you have ultra fall off at the edges. And here’s what happens.

This is of a chestnut leaf. The focus distance is about 4cm from the subject.

June 26th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 177 – Clover

I spent a lazy day today sunbathing and it must have not only frazzled my skin but also my brain, because i couldn’t remember whether I’d used a photo of clover in my photo365. I’d certainly spent one session photographing it…but I went for a grass blade instead. So here is today’s photo taken on the lawn from a low viewpoint of a clover flower. Shallow depth of field and back-lighting have helped emphasise the tiny flower. It’s taken with the Pentax K-5 and 100mm macro.

When I was looking through the past photo365 pictures I spotted that I’ve uploaded two photos of McFlurry ice cream. My memory is fading! I’d hoped to photograph something different every day.

June 14th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 165 – Caterpillar

Well actually having looked it up, it’s not really a caterpillar, it’s a larvae from the sawfly. I get these every year on my Solomon’s Seal plant that I photographed earlier in my photo365 series.

The species is known as the Solomon’s seal sawfly. I got up close using the Pentax K5 and 100mm macro lens.

I’ve shot vertically to show another part of the leaf that’s been eaten away.

These pests strip the plant after its flowered and create a skeleton structure.

February 13th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 44 – Snowdrop

It’s that time of year when the snowdrops poke through the still hardened soil.

I like these first signs of spring. I have a few in the garden. When I say few it’s just that..three clumps of two or three flowers on each.

So choosing the right one didn’t take much time, but also didn’t give me much scope to pick one with a good shape or decent background.

Having said that I’m happy with the result, taken using a Pentax K10D and 10mm macro lens.

It’s my first natural flower shot of my photo365 project…no doubt others will follow.