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Perpetual Cherry Flowers / Ultra Close-up by Fisheye Lens

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—————- (In fact,  this photo is the same one = last in this post,  only cropped a bit. 

—————- And in here, the flower petals were actuary touching the lens surface.

—————  Fish-eye Lens isn’t too bad for Close-up.  We only need to extend the Lens for

—————  2~3 mm though, there is no way to do it but to loose it from the mount  🙂 )

If you’ve been reading this blog, you may rightly say  “Oh no, yet again Cherry flower ?”

I know, in fact I was rather bemused.  This Cherry tree is the same tree appeared here before,

and again in a post in the last Autumn as it showed the flower utterly out of season.

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Since when I’ve put a post last November when the tree had orange colored Autumn leaves,

I’ve been visiting her time to time as she always having flowers.   = Hence, I came to a

conclusion that it was not caused by a confusing weather pattern but this tree is a new

variety who has the character, flowering all year round (well, half-year round at least  🙂 )

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—  (Photo by Canon 5D MkIII / Zoom Fish-eye 8~15mm   at 15mm / Lens held off the Mount)

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Without having macro lens with me, to take

close-up pictures,  I resorted to use my Fish-eye

Lens lifted up from the body (not fully mounted

= Lens was held not fully inserted to the body

leaving about 2mm gap !  😀 ) —– As the lens has

no connection to the camera’s electronics,

aperture is fully open and no focus indicator —–  seeing the focus and using

the same shutter speed (only + 1/3) still, picture can be taken.  (as you can see the result  😀 )

But, when the eye was concentrating the focus, the finger holding the lens couldn’t keep

the lens exactly in the center, the edge of  the image-circle got into the picture =

I needed to click few times  😀


Photography is a very critical operation though, in the same time, it is a very loose

flexible funny art,  such as even pinhole photos are also the photos.  

When I was young,  before I got Macro-lens ,  lifting the lens,  even the lens was held

in an angle (hence giving pan-focus effect) or held reversed,  such technique was my

favorite improvisation.  (No close-up lens or extension ring = hence, cost nothing, 

still able to create more or less the same,  or even better results.  😀  )

The matter is not the equipment but the Mind = Just try,  just DO it. 

It could be successful —— if not = keep mouth shut  😀 )



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  1. bentehaarstad said, on February 25, 2013 at 18:46

    Strange, flowering almost all the year…………..

    • yoshizen said, on February 25, 2013 at 19:08

      Yes in deed. Cherry tree is a tree very easy to grafting the branches, so that a tree which got different branches blooming in Spring, Summer, Autumn and in Winter could be created. —– So, I’m in dilemma, should I tell horticulturist, who might want to have its branch, but I want this tree there as it is. (May be I shouldn’t have shown this to the public to preserve this tree, still I’ll keep where about of this tree in secret )

  2. elenacaravela said, on February 25, 2013 at 22:48

    I never tire of cherry blossoms:)

    • yoshizen said, on February 26, 2013 at 00:41

      Among other similar flowers such as Plum, Peach, only Cherry has the special place in Japanese culture, hence it is in deed National Flower. What special of its flower is, when its flower falls, each petal falls
      separately and create an atmosphere like snow-falling, and its beauty is often described as an symbol of
      life’s impermanence = fragility and a death in the Buddhist’s context.

  3. Steve Schwartzman said, on March 1, 2013 at 14:25

    It’s good of you to point out all the improvising that can be done with cameras and lenses. My first “real” camera was a Pentax Spotmatic, the first to have a light meter built in, but aperture, shutter speed, and focus all still had to be set manually. Things have changed a lot since 1969.

    • yoshizen said, on March 1, 2013 at 18:56

      Thanks Steve. In deed my first SLR was also Pentax Spotmatic = being rather basic stop-down metering
      and its screw mount, I could learn a lots. Thanks to its screw mount, I learned a trick to have a closer focus
      by loosing its screw !

  4. drawandshoot said, on March 1, 2013 at 20:34

    I could never tire of cherry blossoms, either. Especially in winter!
    So delicate and perfect.

    • yoshizen said, on March 1, 2013 at 21:03

      Nice comment, thank you Karen.
      Somebody said, Cherry blossoms are like the first girl friend,
      where ever seen her in distance, instantly notice and look back 🙂

  5. Lemony (Gr)Egghead said, on March 4, 2013 at 14:42

    Beautiful, and so delicate: it’s almost a dream-like image of a cherry-blossom.

    • yoshizen said, on March 4, 2013 at 15:58

      Thank you Lemony. Today here, it’s spring like beautiful day.
      —– and this cherry is keep blossoming.
      = She may really continuing to next season without break !

  6. Winter Cherry again ! | Yoshizen's Blog said, on November 20, 2013 at 12:34

    […] held lifted from the body = held the lens not fully inserted to the […]

  7. Winter Cherry (again !) | Yoshizen's Blog said, on December 30, 2016 at 02:30

    […] fuzzy.  Still  if anybody want to see more decent sharper images of the same flowers, I got many many other shot. = please go back to them. […]

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