Uprooted Magnolia

Soft Abstracts

Posted in Nature, Photography by leahyetter on July 9, 2013

More close-ups.
These abstracts of sunflowers were shot by removing my lens, reversing it and shooting through it backwards. It is not attached to the camera so your focus is by physically moving closer to the subject. My focus is a little soft because I was dealing with the wind moving my subjects all around. I think they are still pretty interesting though.

©Leah Yetter Photographer

©Leah Yetter Photographer

©Leah Yetter Photographer

©Leah Yetter Photographer

©Leah Yetter Photographer

Free-lensing macro is pretty fun but if you are uptight about dust on your sensor, it’s not the best idea. I enjoy taking chances. I’ve done it before with fun results of snowflakes.

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  1. j703 (Jenny) said, on July 9, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Beautiful! I love abstracty-close-up photos. Would totally buy a couple of these. The color is so vibrant.


  2. robertkarolakstudio said, on July 9, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Wow! Usually going backwards doesn’t work? Leah, you are very talented!!
    Awesome photos… love the details.


  3. funflowerfacts said, on July 9, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Cool abstract images! It looks like you had a lot of fun photographing the sunflowers.


    • leahyetter said, on July 11, 2013 at 8:03 am

      Thanks! I LOVE sunflowers and while it’s so darn hot and the wildlife is laying low, sunflowers tend to be my number one subject! 🙂


  4. taphian said, on July 9, 2013 at 10:03 am

    really fantastic photos, very good compositions and colours


  5. Francine said, on July 9, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Very pretty photos, cool technique. They look like watercolor paintings!


    • leahyetter said, on July 11, 2013 at 8:02 am

      Thanks! I thought so too Francine. In the gallery here that I am a member of, I’m told that some of my photos look like paintings. I take it as a compliment!


  6. bluebrightly said, on July 9, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    I’m not real knowledgeable about the technical aspects of photography, and this is the first I’ve heard of free-lensing. It’s really interesting – the focus doesn’t always have to be tight, does it? I love the first, second & last images, and I too like to experiment. The notion of a backwards lens is very appealing!


    • leahyetter said, on July 11, 2013 at 8:01 am

      Thank you! I guess the focus doesn’t have to be tight. But in some aspects it may be tough on the eyes. It’s a lot of fun. I recommend getting a 50mm and play with it on you dslr.


      • bluebrightly said, on July 12, 2013 at 10:18 pm

        I gave it a quick try – it’s hard to get something intelligible! They came out very impressionistic, which can be nice, but I wish I could get one little area in focus a little more. Will have to work on this some more.


      • leahyetter said, on July 16, 2013 at 7:40 am

        Great! Yes, it takes a lot of practice. You’ll get something you’ll like. Just takes time. Glad you are working it!


  7. Natalia Ros said, on July 10, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Gorgeous photos and extremely fresh colors :)!!! Thanks for sharing…

    (plz visit me back)


  8. I MISS THIS PLACE! | bluebrightly said, on July 19, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    […] against the camera to get an unusual focus effect. Thanks to Leah, the fantastic photographer at Uprooted Magnolia, for the […]


  9. Wiley said, on July 25, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    You mentioned this free-lensing before but I never understood it. Now I do. Very interesting concept. The photos are very interesting and quite good as are all your photos. Keep up the good work Leah, you are the best.


  10. sometimesgardening said, on August 2, 2013 at 1:39 am

    Hello! – I loved your photos and have added them to my round up of best photos taken in July – http://www.wikigardening.com/wiki/Digging_Around:Best_photos_in_July


  11. suzysomething said, on August 7, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Leah…what a great technique! You have definitely mastered it…the photos are lovely.


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