Playing with macro

I was recently gifted with a nice mint condition Nikon El-Nikkor 50mm f:5.6 enlarger lens.  I’ve used many an EL-Nikkor in my darkroom career, and thought they were outstanding lenses.  I have no intention of returning to the darkroom, however an enlarger lens is by nature a macro lens. So went to my back-up film camera gadget bag, dug out my Pentax Auto-Bellows M, my M42 to K-mount adapter, and my M39>M42 (Leica thread to Pentax thread) ring.  Screwed the EL-Nikkor onto the front of the bellows, popped the bellows onto my Pentax *istD dSLR, this rig will focus from extreme macro to ∞.  Here are two samples I took today.

Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)

Darrell Larose
Ottawa, Canada


About Darrell Larose

I am a highly motivated self confessed techno-geek. While rooted in traditional analog photography, I have embraced the new technologies in photography. I am just as comfortable under the dark cloth of a large-format view camera, as I am with a digital camera. I can produce award winning photographs within the darkroom, or from a digital-desktop. With 40 years of photography as a both hobby, and over 30 in the professional arena I have always produced. I am self-taught in the digital media, I have been a PhotoShop user since 1995 (version 2.5) I found the transition fairly seamless due to my long experience in labs. I have worked within various Government photo units, including the Forensic Photo Section of the RCMP, as well as various professional labs. I can easily converse with a police forensic photographer as I can with a wedding sports or commercial photographer. I have worked for several of Ottawa’s top photographers. I have worked at several pro labs. As well as many years in photo retail.
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