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Lens Innards Still Life | by Ian_Hay
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Lens Innards Still Life

I had an urge to disassemble an old, cheap Canon kit lens I haven't used in years and that I won't ever use again (the abysmal EF-S 18-55 f/3.5-5.6). I tried to disassemble it non-destructively, which became quite a rubik's cube puzzle towards the end. I had to break one plastic piece to finish the job. (Naturally, I had zero intent to actually reassemble it - I just wanted to do it correctly and methodically. My real intent was to do this still life photo).


Strobist: Three lights:

- 2 580EXII's at 1/2 power, each into a silver reflective umbrella over the subject at about 45 degrees each on opposite sides (or corners) of the picture.

- 1 430EX at full power into the top rim of one of the umbrellas for as much top-down fill as I could get.


Photoshop post processing - Moved one item from another shot to a better position (moved in later shots, regretted it). Some cleanup of dust, hair and similar crap on the grid board; lens correction to correct very slight barrel distortion from my Canon 135L.

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Taken on October 25, 2009