Sunday, November 6, 2011

Itty Bits -Macro/Mellow Yellow Monday

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So...I really want a macro lens! But I can't afford one right now (it's on my Christmas list). I thought I would try a magnifying filter. I didn't have much hope really, but I was pleasantly surprised with the results of my first try with the Raynox DCR-250 Super Macro Conversion Lens. The Raynox DCR-250 is not a dedicated lens…meaning you can’t attach it directly to your camera. It clips on to a lens with a filter size between 52mm to 67mm. The clips grab on to the internal ring on the front lens element.

The snail shell and feather above are teeny tiny...how teeny tiny? Well the shell is about 1/4 of an inch...

Size comparison

So...what do you think? Was it worth the 80 bucks I paid for it?

See more great Macro shots from around the world HERE @ Lisa's Chaos
See more Mellow Yellow shots HERE @ Mellow Yellow Monday

42 comments:

Joop Zand said...

Nice results Karen......well done.

Andaje said...

WOW that is a great result Karen. A colleague of mine wanted to take a picture, but didn't have a good digital camera available. He used binoculars and then the camera in his iPhone - the result: remarkable good details

TexWisGirl said...

oh, yes! i believe so!!!

Dave @ Around Anchorage, Alaska said...

Looking good!

Lois Evensen said...

I think the images are quite nice. The first one would make a great cover for note cards.

Ellie said...

That's a great result, definately worth the money you paid for it.

Cristina said...

Stupenda foto e super macro, complimenti e buona serata! Cri : )

Carola said...

This is a wonderful shot.

NatureFootstep said...

the first shot is perefect. Lovely composition and colors.

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Karen girl that was gorgeous ! I had no idea you could use attachments like that, that weren't a dedicated lens .. I so want to switch to a DSLR soon !
Hopefully next year .. loved your photo to bits girl : ) fantastic macro shot with ingenuity !LOL
Joy

Debbie said...

oooohhhhh yes, worth it for sure!!

this is a gorgeous picture and i love the idea of the comparison shot, i would have thought the shell was bigger!!

Emille said...

Beautiful capture, and that for a first try! Certainly worth the 80 dollars!

Les... said...

absolutely money well spent! terrific work as usual hon, looking forward to even MORE amazing shots *VBS*

emzkie said...

great macro shot!

Teresa said...

I'd say it did a wonderful job!

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Yes, I don't think a macro lens would have given you a better result. Great value for the $$$ :)

Carletta said...

Great detail on both the shell and the feather and lovely light.
Well worth the money I'd say but I'd also say their was an eye for the shot and some skill to go along. :)
Love the composition!

One said...

Your thumbnail stood out, so it has got to be worth it.

Stewart M said...

Hi there - I've never had any luck with these clip-on lenses - but this one looks like it does the job!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Rohit Sareen said...

i think the results have come out excellent. not only is the perspective great, but also the macro has come out amazing!

My Third Eye

GrandmaK said...

How very beautiful!!! Love the composition! You did so very well!!! How talented you are! Cathy

Ruth said...

a wonderful shot, I've been using one of these macroscopic lenses for a few months and am so pleased I got it, I'm sure you'll enjoy it :)

Woody said...

I'd say it did a pretty nice job, especially for the $$.

Luna Miranda said...

a macro lens is also in my wish list-i hope Santa would drop by.:p
this is amazing! a great way to enjoy your 80 bucks!

Francisca said...

I'd say this was a winner of a compromise! Sweet result, Karen! I've been moaning about wanting a macro lens too, so I relate.

Beyond Zephyr said...

That is a creative idea, and the result is amazingly beautiful.

Diana Evans said...

oh wow...great photo....I love that you added that photo with the penny...I thought that snail and feather was way bigger....nice work!!!!

Happy Monday

Kay L. Davies said...

Oh yes, worth the eighty bucks, no kidding.
Like Diana, I thought the feather and snail shell were much, much bigger.
You achieved a beautiful photo.

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

Gemma Wiseman said...

The feather and snail create such a magic image! A contrast of style and texture! Beautiful!

Ida said...

Stunning! Love how soft and delicate this photo is. - You did great with your purchase.

Kim, USA said...

I know macro lens for my Nikon cost an arm and a leg, can't afford it for now, lol. But this converter is awesome, Karen. Your photo is amazingly beautiful! Happy Monday!

EG Wow said...

Cool shots, Karen, and I like that you included the penny to show the size of the items.

Roberto Machado Alves said...

Two great shots. I liked them.

Roberto,Rio de Janeiro.

Genie said...

I would definitely say a big YES. Forget the expensive lens. This would make me happy as a clam. Love the macro-magnified shot. It is awesome. genie

Rosemarie said...

it's worth it. dropping by for MYM, I hope you can also visit my share at http://www.prettysinglemom.com/2011/11/yellow-and-ruby.html and show some love.. see you!!

Pradeepa said...

Excellent result.

Kala said...

Excellent presentation and tones. And yes, I would say it was worth the money when you see how tiny the snail is compared to the penny!

Leovi said...

Beautiful and delicate image, I love the color, texture and light, very nice with that lovely combination of subtle tones.

☆•.¸.Mildred.¸.•☆ said...

Very nice result!
Thanks for sharing your experiences;o)

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Kateri said...

I think they turned out really well. expecially like the first photos and the almost dreamy quality to it.

Sivinden said...

The result is superb!

Cindy said...

Oh, wow - yes, I'd say so!! I need to "study" your blog! I'm getting so much more into photography since blogging but all I have is my phone camera and an OLD digital camera I bought for $20 at a garage sale! I want to be able to take closeups!
Cindy