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April 9, 2011

I love shooting with my Leica, but it does have some downsides. One of them is that you can’t do any macro photography – at least not with the lenses that I have.

A while ago, my friend Valerie Mosley posted photographs she took with a so-called poor man’s macro (holding another lens in front of the lens on your camera). At the time, I didn’t think that I could do that with my rangefinder. Since you’re not able to see what the camera sees through the lens, it’s kind of impossible to focus on such a small scale.

During a hike on the San Juan loop trail at the Cleveland National Forest today though, Beth suggested that we try it. And – much to my surprise – after some initial feebling around, we were able to get some really nice results. Here are some of my favorites:

Poor man's macro at San Juan Trail at Cleveland National Forest, Calif., Saturday, April 9, 2011.

Poor man's macro at San Juan Trail at Cleveland National Forest, Calif., Saturday, April 9, 2011.

Poor man's macro at San Juan Trail at Cleveland National Forest, Calif., Saturday, April 9, 2011.

Poor man's macro at San Juan Trail at Cleveland National Forest, Calif., Saturday, April 9, 2011.

Poor man's macro at San Juan Trail at Cleveland National Forest, Calif., Saturday, April 9, 2011.

Poor man's macro at San Juan Trail at Cleveland National Forest, Calif., Saturday, April 9, 2011.

Poor man's macro at San Juan Trail at Cleveland National Forest, Calif., Saturday, April 9, 2011.

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3 Comments

  • 1. Chelsea Sektnan  |  April 10, 2011 at 8:59 am

    I cannot tell you how much I love all your blog posts. I love the way your brain works and it ends up electrified on you shutter finger and as an image. You’re amazing Jaki!

  • 2. Jakob Berr  |  April 10, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Thanks, Chelsea, you’re sweet! I can’t wait to see you guys here!

  • 3. James  |  April 11, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Nice stuff Jakob. A good little spring welcome for those of use with rain falling and snow still on the ground.


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