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“The magical snails” – short photo lesson no 4

In this article I will show you how to create unreal sceneries in close – up photography with so called soap bubble bokeh. Pictures were taken using the famous Trioplan 100 f/2.8 with extention tubes. I have changed colors of the first one to make it more “magical”. The minimal focusing distance of this lens can be proper for bigger objects, like butterflies or dragonflies. To get closer to such small snails will not go without at least one ring out of extension tubes set. To achieve such a frame with a fairytale background you must:

  1. Buy some M42 lens recommended Trioplan or Pentacon.
  2. Go out yearly in the morning on sunny day.
  3. Take some sprinkler in the field, find flowers, spiderweb, insect or anything interesting and photograph it contrary to the sun rays.
  4. Remember that typical macro shots will not be good in this situation; you have to include a background with bubbles and create typical close-up scenes.

Blue scenery resembles a fable.

The real colors are also attractive. The snail is placed in a frame according to the “golden ratio” rule, and the stalks lead our sight from the right side of the frame to the left.

Keep practicing and see you till lesson no 5.




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