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Deep Sea Monster

Deep Sea Monster
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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pieces of Pond on My Desk [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-10-09 4:08
Viewed: 5582
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today shot from my aquarium. This one looks like fishes from deep ocean - with these scary fangs, transparent body and weird shape. Don't be afraid :-) There's no cause to fear - this 'monster' is about 10 millimetres long and 1 millimetre high. Yesterday I started to experiment with some old lenses. I took Helios lens from my old analog cam - Russian Zenit 12XP and tried to make some close-ups. This is best what I did after few minutes. In this extreme close-ups it is almost impossible to take sharp image with proper DOF, but I'll try ;-)

On my photo you can see front part of Mochlonyx sp. known in English as Phantom Midge Larva. Big eyes and mouth part show us that they're predators. They eat little plankton animals like Daphnias or Cyclops.

Handheld Canon S2, reversed Helios lens, load of sun, patience and luck ;-)

If you want to see really great pictures taken with reversed lenses take a look at Mike [Fisher] work with jumping spiders and Aleksander [Graal] worlds reflected in dew.

wallhalla15, Janice, cedryk, Mousehill, carper, Luc, gerhardt, dew77, Markus, Quentin, Paulosousa, extramundi, olontur, horia, oscarromulus has marked this note useful
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Hi Geg, that´s macro gigantus! ;-) Very interesting experiment. Thanks for the idea. I have old lenses too.
Best regards.

Hey Greg. Nice to meet another one of your family! Is he tiny!! Good macro with your old lens. You can see right through him. Good job...

Niesamowite, ze udalo Ci sie to zrobic z reki. Gratulacje :-) Mam nadzieje, ze juz Ci lepiej! Michal

Seems you indeed had loads of fun Greg! You've achieved some impressive magnification here. I think it's around 10 times lifesize? Thanks for posting this interesting experiment!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-09 7:01]
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This a different shot Greg and therefore nice. The focus is a bit soft though. Well done & TFS!


yep this is little Greg,
so little this experiment of yours, very nice details and the shot is very nice, good job Greg,
gr. jaap

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-10-09 13:23]

Personal assessment of the photo: very good. Really special shot.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you Greg. Have a good week.
BTW, thank you for the wonderfull email you sent recently.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-10-09 13:59]

pokazujesz niesamowite żyj±tka z głębi mórz. Brawo za eksperymenty, obiekt prawie mikroskopowy.
Pozdr. Al.

Even though the focus is soft I know how difficult this is Greg. It's interesting and I think you should not give this type of photos up. Well done.

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-10-09 16:55]

Cześć Grzegorz. Wspaniale Ci to wyszło, zdjęcie prawie mikroskopowe. Próbuj dalej tym zestawem. Warto.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-10-09 19:04]

Grzegorz, congratulations on your "experiment".

Unusual subject. It teaches a lot about nature and about photography.

Great pov and composition.


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-10-10 2:33]

Hello Greg!
Very interesting and unusual capture from you again.I liked presentation and informative note a lot.TFS...:-)

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  • Markus Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 22 W: 2 N: 49] (189)
  • [2005-10-10 4:52]
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Znakomite zdjęcie, bez binokularu trudno zrobić coś podobnego. Chyba też muszę spróbować pobawić się starym obiektywem od Praktiki...

Great Macor Greg, very interesting as always.
Well done.

Hi Greg
A really interesting and unusual macro. You had a good idea
to use this old lens because the resulte is really good.
Well done

Wow. At that magnification, I'm surprised there is any DOF at all ;-) Interesting shot. It does look like a deep sea creature.



I find the quantity of information achieved in the shot good, quite a lot of details shown, and even got a artistic point too! Very well done, I guess you where patient this time.
Did you receive the photo I sent about "Lodz square". Regards, Felipe.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-07-31 5:10]
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WOW! What a great shot, Greg!
As i said, all the pictures from this theme are fascinating.
But i probably like this better because of the ingenious tehnique with the Helios lens. I wish i had one to use with my S2 :)

Very interesting indeed.
Please continue working with your old lens; and, share with us all these 'goodies'.
I love to learn new stuff.
Great photography too.
Best regards from Canada from Mario.

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