Home-made iPhone Macro Lens

After reading a few posts about using the lens from a laser-pointer to make a macro lens for your iPhone, I decided to try it out. I took the lens out of the pointer, used a medium-sized paperclip to hold the lens, and placed the paperclip between my Roots case and my phone the lens can then be adjusted over the phone’s lens. Hey! Presto! A macro lens.

I would like to build the larger microscope but I am carpentry-challenged, so may have to have someone do that for me.

I have done a little experimenting and here are a few of the resulting images.

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IMG_3494Macro of one of my polymer brooches

I’ve really latched onto the bright colours, courtesy of the Mextures iPhone app.

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PhotoHunter: Triangle

This week’s PhotoHunter theme is “Triangle”…

The Andrewsville Road Bridge at Nicholson’s Locks in the Rideau Canal. A makeshift memorial to two people drowned two weeks before, one, an off-duty Navy rescue person, trying to rescue a drowning teen. A reminder that even the most quiet river can have hidden dangers.

"Memorial'

The next image is one of a series which I have tentatively titled “The Portfolio“. They “recreate” the portfolio of a fictional woman photographer of the mid-19th century, as it would have been rediscovered long after her death. Since it is a work in progress, many of these are experiments.

"Railway bridge"

Poladroid

Here’s a nifty little program called Poladroid.

With Poladroid, you can turn any photo into a Polaroid-like image. It even “develops” so you can save copies as it processes.

There are a very little bug in the Beta version (like having to wait until all the images you’ve chosen to render finish and then closing the program to get rid of the images floating about on your screen). As well, English doesn’t seem to have been the first (or even third) language of the creators so that instructions are a little odd. The website itself is fine and there is a downloadable instruction guide which is in good English. It was the actual download instructions and some of the pop-ups I got while developing that were… weird.

The settings allow you to increase (though not pick) special effects to the photo or paper, such as scratches, dirt and fingerprints (different on each image, so you can play around with one image until you get something you like). You can also select the amount of blur and rotation in your image.

The images develops slowly and they’ve even built into it the ability to speed things up by “shaking” the image as you would with a real Polaroid.

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"Door"

"Barn"

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"Long Riders" without effects

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"Long Riders" with effects

There are a few online options, as well.

At Rollip, you can select a layout, upload an image and then download it. Nice options available in the free version and up can go pro, as well. I like the options better on Rollip and it’s faster.

Farm

"Farm"

"Columbine"

"Columbine"

Old photos…

I had posted my PhotoHunter post last night but thought about this photo when I was visiting some other peoples’ entries.

Grandmother and Mom at the Rocking Stones (Brimham Stones), Yorkshire

Grandmother and Mom at the Rocking Stones (Brimham Stones), Yorkshire

It was a photo taken by my grandfather, who I never met, of my grandmother (who I also never met, and my mother. My mother thinks the photo was taken at the Rocking Stones (Brimham Stones), in Yorkshire. The photo is hazy because I actually only have the negative. I scanned it using my regular old flatbed scanner and then making a negative of it. I have a bunch of old family photos that I have done this with, some more successfully than others.

This one was a surprise because, while I had seen the negative many times over the years, it wasn’t until I scanned it and blew it up that I realized it was my (step) father. It was probably taken when he was in University, thought, aside from skiing, I didn’t think he was particularly athletic. My sister swears it isn’t him but it is definitely his face — or the side of it, anyway.

Dad

Dad

Mom with her mother's parents

Mom with her mother's parents

This was my mother with her father’s parents. He was a lovely man but she was apparently a grouch. He wore a toupee which, although you cal tell in the photo, Mom didn’t know was a toupee until once she accidentally yanked it off. He wasn’t best pleased.

During the war, her grandmother, who lived in Newcastle, came to stay with them because of the risk of bombing there. This was after her husband had died.

While staying with my grandparents, she complained all the time about the food. Nothing sat well with her… She didn’t like how it was cooked… always a complaint. One night, my grandfather heard someone downstairs in the kitchen and went down to find his mother chowing down on all the food she had refused at supper time. He told her off. Apparently, she packed her bags the next morning and left and neither she or any of his family ever spoke to him again.

Somewhere in India

Somewhere in India

I have no idea where this is aside from the general location “India”. It is probably somewhere in Bombay (now Mumbai). The edge of the lake is square, so it may be a tank (the name of man-made waterholes). On the far side, on the left of the photo are a man and a woman standing. Possibly my aunt and my father? If it is my father, it was while he was still a teenager because he left India to study at MIT before WII and didn’t return until we visited in 1968. Who knows… Mystery photo.

How I Did it….

Image progression… Making photographic lemonade.

I was more or less just fiddling around but I like many of the resulting images.

I started off with a simple and not very good image of a CD disk which I had been experimenting with.

First image

First image

In Image 2, I had played around with isolating and softening the prism effect of the reflection.

Image 2

Image 2

After playing around with the image for some time I sort of set it aside.

Today (four years later) , I was looking for an image for this week’s PhotoHunter, which is “Triangle”.  I decided to try a few tweaks which I have discovered recently.

Image 3

Image 3

In Image 3, I solarized it and then did it as a negative and enhanced the colour and light. Then I solarized it, again, and increased the colour saturation.

Image 4

Image 4

Image 4 shows the changes using my RGB colour balance, reducing the yellow and enhancing the magenta.

Image 5

Image 5

In Image 5, I, again, increased the colour saturation.

Image 7

Image 6

Image 6 is after shifting the colour tone to a monochrome.

Image 7

Image 7

In Image 7, I solarized it again and increased the colour saturation.

PhotoHunter: Hands

Some time ago, I started a series called “Hands”. I have slowly been adding to it but these are the three ones, so far.

"My Mother's Hands"

"My Mother's Hands"

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"Grubby Fingers"

"Grubby Fingers"

"Ring Finger"

"Ring Finger"

"Ring Finger" posterized

"Ring Finger" posterized

"Ring Finger"

"Ring Finger"

The following is a photo, though it is one I took of a particular scene in the film “Lost in Translation” when Bob (Bill Murray) and Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) are drifting off while talking. Bob reaches down and pats Charlotte’s foot. Possibly one of the most tender and yet charged gestures in film…. I took the initial image and manipulated it both digitally and by hand as a chalk drawing. These are two of the progressions.

"(Not) Lost in Translation"

"(Not) Lost in Translation"

"(Not) Lost in Translation" 2

"(Not) Lost in Translation" 2

Fun…

Photofunia

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Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks

From Casa Az

How I did it…

I have had a couple of questions from people wbout how I do some of my photo-enhancing to arrive at some of my more unusual photos.

I thought I would share, when I can some of the processes. I don’t always have the presence of mind to preserve a record of the steps but when I can, I will.

I don’t use Photoshop, although I do have Photoshop Elements 6.0, I don’t particularly like it because I don’t seem to be able to get around some of the processes. I use the freebie that came with my camera, Photostudio 5.5. I find it simple and intuitive and I am doing more of the work. It does have some flaws such as not being able to gently sharpen… it has set light sharpen, heavy sharpen… so I tend to flip over to the editing software in Picasa for a few of the processes it offers. Since it is free, as well, it appeals to my Scottish thriftiness (lol!).

So… for the first installment of “How I did it…” I thought I would illustrate the “hologram effect” that I achieved with the last photo in my “PhotoHunter: Four” photos.

The first image was:

Original image

Original image

The image was accidentally uploaded to my Fotki page as a small file 480 x 448 pix. and I lost the original so I had to enlarge it before I could do anything.  I enlarged it to 1000 x 933 pix and lightened it slightly (using Photostudio) then sharpened it (using Picasa). The sharpening doesn’t show very well, hear, I think.

2nd stage

2nd stage

Then I, again in Picasa, I used the “Saturation” feature and increased the colour saturation  and this produced the 3-D effect and a sort of hjologram appearance.

3rd stage

3rd stage

4th stage

4th stage

4th stage

5th stage

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