Freelensing for better perception
i represent my perception as a normal muscle that i should train from time to time. i find that different photography exercises and experiments can do this work very well for me. a few weeks ago when i read some article about the “Petzval lens” i remembered the “freelensing” – very interesting technique that everyone can try and implement with his existing gear.
for freelensing i love to use Asahi fully manual 50mm f/1.4 m42 bayonet lens. M42 bayonet is great for freelensing because of suitable distance between the rear glass and sensor of the camera, which allows to find and capture very sharp focused fields. the secret is to not attach the lens to the body of camera, but to hold it in hand very close to the front of the sensor. the effect is stunning, the leaks of light are violate all laws of classical photography, the vignetting is natural and there is no software that able to recreate it.
the biggest disadvantages of freelensing is danger of entering of a dust to the sensor area and slow focusing process.
i started from the garden around my living place and moved to the urban areas of TelAviv. i felt that all the usual to me objects acquired absolutely unknown contours and surprising forms. below are some samples of my freelensing journey. enjoy !!!
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