Freelensing the Pentax K-3II

Freelensing is a technique used with interchangeable lens cameras in both film-based and digital photography. The lens is detached from the camera and held in front of the lens mount by hand during exposure. This allows the lens to be tilted or shifted creating a similar effect to a perspective control or “Tilt-Shift” lens, only with a lower degree of fidelity. The result is a combination of selective focus and light leakage which are used creatively to create surreal imagery. Because of the increase in flange-focal distance, this technique is most successful with closeup or macro photography, where Infinity focus is not essential.

The lens used does not necessarily have to be native to the brand of camera, since it is not physically attached to it. In addition, the lens may also be reversed for Macro photography. By shooting through a normal to wide-angle lens backwards, increased magnification can be achieved. One of the by-products of freelensing is the introduction of “light leaks” which can be controlled to some degree and produce toy-camera like effects.

So yesterday (May 16th, 2017) I decided to try it. I grabbed my Pentax K-3II and my SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. I set the body to AV exposure mode & the lens aperture on manual wide-open at f:1.4 composed using Liveview.

Tulip, unmounted 50mm lens, Pentax K-3II with SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. #FreeLensing.

Tulip, unmounted 50mm lens, Pentax K-3II with SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f:1.4 prime lens. #FreeLensing.

This should only be attempted on a dry dust free location, unless sensor dust is wanted. I may explore this with my retired Pentax ✩istD body.

 

Darrell Larose
Ottawa

Going Buggy into Autumn

Today was the first day of Autumn, the thermometer was still hitting 27 degrees. Headed back to the Sunflower patch. Spotted another species of wasp, but it wouldn’t stay still long enough to photograph. Eventually colder mornings will slow many of these insects down. Once again I carried my aged Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens on Pentax T6-2X teleconverter, flash fill. This combination required me to be 2″ from the front of the lens to the subject.

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Paper wasp (Polistes dominula) on sunflower, Thursday September 22nd, 2016 (both).

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Common green bottle fly (Lucilia sericata) on sunflower, Thursday September 22nd, 2016

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These are very difficult as my macro lens only does 1:2 or half life size on the image plane. It’s also a f:4, so with the T6-2X Rear Converter mounted the effective maximum aperture is f:8. Lens was closed down to f:8-11 so works out to effectively f: 16-22, hand-held. Tripods are pretty much useless with small moving targets.

Went back today, Friday September 23, 2016. It was a more seasonal day weather wise. Lots of Bumblebees, honeybees, wasps, flies, ants and a few moths. I wasn’t able to get close enough to the small moths.

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Common green bottle fly (Lucilia sericata) on sunflower, Thursday September 22nd, 2016

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Half black bumblebee (Bombus vagans) on sunflower, Friday September 23nd, 2016.

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Black Ant, on sunflower, Thursday September 22nd, 2016

Went back on Sunday, a sunny but more seasonal 11 degree day.

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Paper wasp (Polistes dominula) on sunflower, Sunday September 25th, 2016

imgp0864 Common green bottle fly (Lucilia sericata) on sunflower, Thursday September 22nd, 2016

imgp0883Common housefly (Musca domestic) on sunflower, Sunday September 25th, 2016

imgp0884Green Metallic Bee (Gapostemon virescens) on sunflower, Sunday September 25th, 2016

 

Darrell A. Larose
Ottawa, Canada

Going buggy!

It was another nice above seasonal, 25 degree late summer day in the Nation’s Capital. I popped my old manual focus SMC-Pentax-M 50mm f:4 macro lens onto my Pentax T6-2X to my aged Pentax ✩istD body.  All these photos required me to be 50mm from the lens front to the subject. Several skillsets are required, one is not to scare the insects away. And in the case of bees, wasps or hornets not to induce a defense reaction.

imgp0549Common green bottle fly (Lucilia sericata) on sunflower stem

imgp0550 Common green bottle fly (Lucilia sericata) on verigated sunflower

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imgp0563 Sharing, Honeybee & Bumblebee on sunflower
imgp0573Eastern Yellow Jacket (Vespula maculifrons) on sunflower leaf.

I went back today, another wonderful sunny day. The last day of summer, we were at 27 degrees today. I spotted my first Green Metallic Bee (gapostemon virescens). This small plot has 4 species of wasps, at least two types of Bumblebee, and as many other bees.

imgp0593Common green bottle fly (Lucilia sericata) on sunflower, Tuesday September 20th, 2016

imgp0602Green Metallic Bee (gapostemon virescens) on sunflower, Tuesday September 20th, 2016

imgp0603Green Metallic Bee (gapostemon virescens) on sunflower, Tuesday September 20th, 2016

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Small Milkweed Bugs (Lygaeus kalmii) on sunflower, Tuesday September 20th.

 

 

Darrell A. Larose
Ottawa, Canada

Stingers

Back to the Sunflower patch, breeze was lighter today, than yesterday. I was looking at stinging insects, the blooms were visited by Honeybees, Paper Wasps, mud Daupers and Bumblebees. First is a very abstract image.

IMGP0026The flight of the Bumblebee, abstract.  Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens with Pentax T6-2X Rear Converter, flash fill.

IMGP0020Honeybee, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens, flash fill.

I added my 2X teleconverter and was able to get more magnification on the busy little bee.

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Honeybee, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens with Pentax T6-2X Rear Converter, flash fill.

I also photographed 3 different species of wasps, first was the Black and yellow mud dauber (Sceliphron caementarium).

IMGP9991Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens with Pentax T6-2X Rear Converter, flash fill.

IMGP0057Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens with Pentax T6-2X Rear Converter, flash fill.

Next up is the European paper wasp (Polistes dominula), an introduced species.

IMGP0005Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens with Pentax T6-2X Rear Converter, flash fill.

IMGP0013Business end, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens with Pentax T6-2X Rear Converter, flash fill.

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Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens with Pentax T6-2X Rear Converter, flash fill.

Now the native Northern Paper Wasp (Polistes fuscatus), not very thin yellow bands and black antennae.

IMGP0039Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens with Pentax T6-2X Rear Converter, flash fill.

Went back today, and found these guys. One bee one fly. IMGP0072Bumblebee, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens with Pentax T6-2X Rear Converter, flash fill.

IMGP0063Common greenbottle, (Lucilia sericata), July 24, 2016, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens with Pentax T6-2X Rear Converter, flash fill.

 

I should look into replacing my well worn 50mm f:4 macro lens (1:2) with a 100mm f:2.8 version, as it will increase my working distance and will give me 1:1 or 2:1 with my 2X mounted.

 

 

Darrell A. Larose
Ottawa

Busy as a Bee

I was checking out the Sunflowers, and saw the Bumblebees hard at work. I mounted my old SMC Pentax-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens (1:2) lens.

IMGP9901 Bumblebee on Sunflower, July 18, 2016, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens.

IMGP9903Bumblebee on Sunflower, July 19, 2016, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens.

I repeated the shoot the very next day, but I added my Pentax T6-2X Teleconverter to the kit giving me an equivalent to a 100mm f:8 (1:1) lens. I used some fill-flash .

IMGP9936 July 19, 2016, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens on Pentax T6-2X teleconverter, flash fill.

IMGP9918July 19, 2016, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens on Pentax T6-2X teleconverter, flash fill.

IMGP9938July 19, 2016, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens on Pentax T6-2X teleconverter, flash fill.

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July 19, 2016, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 Macro lens on Pentax T6-2X teleconverter, flash fill.

One needs patience and luck because at macro ranges the slightest breeze moves the flowers and the bee wanders around. I really should update my Macro lens, as it’s an f:4 and is only a 1:2 macro. A 90 or 100mm f:2.8 would be more useful for this work.

 

Darrell A. Larose
Ottawa, Canada

Sunny Sunday

Today was a lovely sunny Sunday, locally the Sunflowers and Day Lilies are in bloom.

IMGP9863 Sunflower, July 17, 2016, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 macro lens.
IMGP9865Sunflower peek-a-boo, July 17, 2016, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 macro lens.

IMGP9877 Sunflower, July 17, 2016, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 macro lens.

IMGP9886Day Lily, Sunflower, July 17, 2016, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 macro lens.
IMGP9887Fly, Sunflower, July 17, 2016, Pentax ✩istD SMC-M 50mm f:4 macro lens.

 

Darrell A. Larose
Ottawa, Canada

Dancing Flora

One of the little used features of my antique Pentax ✩istD dSLR camera, was it has the ability to do in-camera multiple exposures. I can do up 9 exposures in a single frame. Trick with a multi exposure, is you reduce the exposure by one stop per frame, so a double-exposure you close the lens down by 1 full stop.

My first attempt was these Spring Beauties, 3 exposure frame of this grouping.

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I was hand holding to enhance the dance.  I did one frame way out of focus, and 2 frames with a slight focus adjustment, the breeze also added to the “Dancing Flora” effect. Next is a 4 exposure, and was slightly overexposed for a more airy effect. I enjoy how it looks like dragonflies in flight.

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I was hand holding hence the solid unmoving wall is repeated. The tulips I did one frame way out of focus, and 3 frames with a slight focus adjustment, the breeze also added to the “Dancing Flora” effect.

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A slight exposure adjustment with a 5 exposure image first and third frame out of focus like one does for the Orton Effect.

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Now I did a triple exposure one frame out of focus, with the following exposures adjusted on different blooms.

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Finally I noticed my Ferns were being shaking by my air conditioner exhaust.  I liked the visual effect so I went with a 4 frame exposure I focused on the frond in each layer. I added a bit of grain with Photoshop CS6.

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Overall there is some hit-and-miss with this technique, but when the image works it becomes magic.
Darrell A. Larose
© 2016 Ottawa

Spring heat wave

The mercury has hit 30° plus the past few days in Ottawa. With this instant summer flowers have burst open. We had a light shower and I saw these irises catching nature’s spotlight from a shaft of sunlight that poked a hole in the clouds.

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Iris after a spring shower, May 27th, Pentax ✩istD AT-X Tokina 60~120mm f:2.8 zoom lens.  © 2016 Darrell Larose, Ottawa.

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Iris after the rain, May 27th, Pentax ✩istD AT-X Tokina 60~120mm f:2.8 zoom lens. © 2016 Darrell Larose, Ottawa.

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Poppy, May 27th, Pentax ✩istD AT-X Tokina 60~120mm f:2.8 zoom lens. © 2016 Darrell Larose, Ottawa.

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Poppy, May 27th, Pentax ✩istD AT-X Tokina 60~120mm f:2.8 zoom lens. © 2016 Darrell Larose, Ottawa. Two days later and that Poppy was in full glory.

 

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Poppy, May 29th, Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-M 50mm f:4 macro lens. © 2016 Darrell Larose, Ottawa.

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Poppy, May 29th, Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-M 50mm f:4 macro lens. © 2016 Darrell Larose, Ottawa.

More Irises have opened today…

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Iris, May 29th, Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-M 50mm f:4 macro lens. © 2016 Darrell Larose, Ottawa.

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Iris, May 29th, Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-M 50mm f:4 macro lens. © 2016 Darrell Larose, Ottawa.

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Iris, May 29th, Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-M 50mm f:4 macro lens. © 2016 Darrell Larose, Ottawa.

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Iris, May 29th, Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-M 50mm f:4 macro lens. © 2016 Darrell Larose, Ottawa. Meanwhile on the Peony a Ladybug and Ant are exploring the bud.

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Pentax ✩istD SMC Pentax-M 50mm f:4 macro lens. © 2016 Darrell Larose.  I looked down the laneway and saw the Ferns dancing in the spring breeze. So I set my dSLR for a 4 frame in camera multiple exposure. This captured what I felt when I saw the Fern.

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Darrell A. Larose
Ottawa, Canada