Friday, June 29, 2012


Macro Magic

Any time you want to photograph a spider, the first reaction is the hide under a leaf.. and if you are lucky you can sometimes access it even in this position!

Ball Pen Tip

Macro Magic

Stacked 5 separate handheld photos taken with 70-300 + Raynox DCR250 + Diffuser 1.0 (pop-up flash)

basil flowers "तुळशीच्या मंजिरा"

Macro Magic

 its basil flowers "तुळशीच्या मंजिरा". Two hand held photos stacked together in CombineZP (Half of the water drops coming from each shot :)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Studious little bug

Macro Magic

First test shot with the new Diffuser 2.0

Macro Flash Diffuser

Wall Photos

Diffuser 2.0 something that will work with my speedlight (YN-467).. actually any speedlight. Cost : ZERO (almost), Time taken: 15 mins

Result: with same power i can now move from f/8 to f/18 and with better diffused light.

Here is the Diffuser 1.0 prepared 2 years back (which i still use with pop-up flash)

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

DIY R-Strap (Yogendra's Design)

I have always wanted to use R-Strap but never wanted to shell out $60 to $ 80. So I ended up making my own for less than a dollar (in cash) and a few spare stuff (a carabiner and laptop strap).

Here is a picture that shows the asembly (and brief explanation below on how i did this.

  1. Step 1 was to find the right screw which was the easiest of all. Just went to hardware store and got the screw with 1/4th inch diameter.
    Actually I was having the screw for past 1 year but was struggling with the next step, to connect it to camera and have a loop connected to the screw or put a hole into the screw.
  2. I convinced a nearby cobbler to put a large rivet (which are used on ladies bags or on ladies belts) on a small piece of nylon strap. The rivet was big enough to pass the screw threads but not big enough to pass the screw head. Then put another rivet to ensure a loop is created which would not fall off with the weight.
    The cobbler was not convinced with what he was doing this for and charged me hefty Rs 15 /- (about 30 US cents)
  3. I put the screw through the rivet hole and fixed it with a bolt. For extra precaution i put a washer between screw head and the rivet. (see image on left bottom) then put the screw into the camera tripod hole.
  4. Then took a carabiner (was fortunate to get this one with a water bag) and put into the loop and confirmed that it was strong enough to hold the camera.
  5. For the last part, many people know my love of laptop bags so i have few spare straps. I took the strongst (but thinnest) one and hooked to the carabiner and it was all set.


Once i was done, a piece of advice came from my 7 year old son... "dad be careful when you put your big lens on camera" (70-300 that's as big as i have :D). Apparently i haven't been having any problem with either lenses i have with this R-Strap.

Please leave your feedback / comments / questions / suggestions. Will be happy if anyone needs help or wants to see it live (in Pune, India).

Hope this helps,

Yogendra (