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The Spaghettitrain Challenge

When Lennart (aka Spaghettitrain) began scoping out my photostream for the Round 5 challenge of Get Pushed, he noticed a decided lack of Macro work. His challenge to me was; I want you to shot a close up of an everyday item, but it shall not be obvious what it is. Let the viewer think a bit and try to figure it out. Use angle, lightning and crop to disguise it.


Yep, Lennart found a gap. Years ago, I dabbled in extreme close-ups. I actually purchased a Vivitar bellows for my old Nikon F and played with bugs and what-not for a while. After I got it out of my system, I put the bellows away and forgot about it. The truth is, macro work doesn't really thrill me.


It took me a couple of days to dig out the bellows and find the time to shoot. I had never placed it on a digital camera, but I still use all my old manual focus F mount lenses on my new-fangled digital bodies. The bellows would not mount to the D2X, the integral vertical grip got in the way. So I removed the MD-200 battery pack from a D200 for the shoot. Now, I only needed a subject.


I thought about bugs......... too common. Plus the extreme shallow DoF of the bellows would render most of the bug into bokeh. Looking through Lennart's photos, I was enchanted by the Kaleidoscope images. I wanted something similar, but not necessarily symmetrical, not a kaleidoscope. I wanted the magic.


I tried several objects, two of which are below, before I finally decided I needed color. At the bottom of the first comment, I tell what the object I eventually chose is. But........ The first person to name the piece of gear and the first person to name the object beneath it wins a VIP luxury photo shoot at Studio d'Xavier and an evening of dancing with the stars at the Happy Fish Bicycle Club. (Stars subject to availiability and contractual obligations)


Thanks Lennart, for a stmulating challenge that forced me to dust off some old gear and rethink how I was doing things. It was nice to work with total abstraction again.


Get Pushed - Round 6 is coming up soon. If you would like to participate in the challenges, follow the link to the group and sign up!


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Taken on August 11, 2011