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Canon EOS Rebel T2i Digital SLR
EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens
Shot with 1/30 shutter speed
ISO 800

I just enrolled for a photography class at my University and a friend of mine showed me this site. I found the contests for photography and decided I'd take a shot at freelensing. This was my first attempt at trying anything other than just taking a regular photo so I'm hoping I accomplished this with this picture, I have never heard of freelensing before but its pretty badass. Its just a coin but I like the detail you can see when getting in close hope you enjoy.
-Andrew Krelove

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I was thinking about what to shoot when I saw my wireless keyboard for my computer on my bedside table. Low light combined with pristine aluminum beauty equalled an awesome idea. I took different pictures of the keys with different settings and this one was the best. I edited the picture in Lightroom to enhance the shadows and clean up the blur on the "ESC." The cool part of this picture is the spiraling grains in the aluminum.
-Austin Taliaferro

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Nikon D700, shutter: 1/250, lens 50mm f1.8 from 1984, ISO 200, Light that he stood next too: 75 watt.

A few weeks ago, I was researching tilt shift lenses and decided they cost to much. Then, I figured I could just remove my lens tilt it myself so I shot some old pocket watches and it was cool. I then saw your contest and realized I wasn't the only one. I grabbed my son and he stood next to a light while I shot his eye. We shot about 2 dozen shots and picked this one. It seemed the coolest.
-Bill Lawson

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Camera: Canon Rebel T2i
Lens: Canon EFS 18-55mm
Settings: ISO: 3200, Shutter Speed: 1/80 sec
Description: I was sitting at work, and I saw a neat red ribbon hanging from one of the shelves, so I kneeled down near that ribbon, composed my shot, angled the lens, and viola!
-Brad Oskowski

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This photo of the Chicago skyline, with 3660 N Lake Shore in the foreground, was taken on 10/31 from my apartment window with my Olympus EPL-1, ISO 200 shutter(auto) 1/2000, no aperture, obviously. I had attempted some 'freelensing' pictures with the EPL's stock lens with little success; they all just turned out uniformly blurry, but I got the idea to try and use my Minolta 50mm lens from my old 35mm SLR. I think it was the larger opening on the back of the lens that allowed me to get some much better tilt-shift type photos like the one I've submitted. Color has been adjusted in Picasa and cropped in Gimp.
-Brian Weber

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I'm glad you described this technique. Even though I frequent Photojojo and Ryan Brenizer, I always thought freelensing would be difficult...

For this photo, I used my nifty 50mm, removed the lens and turned on my Canon T2i. It happened to be in Aperture priority mode. I had to include some topical subject matter: my son's SF Giants 2010 League Champions cap.
-Chris Aquino

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This is a shot of an ace of spades (duh!) and it was take with my Nikon D3000 at 1/50 shutter speed and 400 iso. The lens is an older Miranda 35mm f1.9 wide open. I had a lot of fun with this picture. I positioned a couple of lights towards the card in on my kitchen table, and just went at it. The hardest part for me was getting the right depth of field, but It all turned out great in my opinion.
-Chris Coe

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Camera: Canon 7D
Lens: Canon 50mm f/1.4
ISO: 640
f/: 0

For this shot I simply set up a 500watt halogen work light facing this canvas print of a forest and a waterfall. From there it was just a matter for getting my lens in the right position to add depth to this flat surface.
-Chris Humphrey

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Shot with my Canon XTi, using my 50mm Prime Lens. 1/125s. ISO 200.
I really like that this contest taught me a new trick for photos. After a couple failed experiments with with various objects in my room, I settled on trying to capture a certain depth in my mini chest of collected european currency. That 2 £ piece really stuck out, so I tried to bring that into focus. The results were pretty hard to predict, and holding my camera in one hand and lens in the other AND using a finger or two to adjust the focus was tricky work, but I really like how it turned out.
-Christopher Robles

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Nikon D5000, 18-55mm, auto, flash-off

As soon as I read about this weeks contest I grabbed my camera and walked down the hall where this wasp nest has been ever since I moved into the dorms on my campus. Its on the outside of a small window at the end of the hall. I took a few pictures and ended up with this.
-Cody Clarke

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I took this shot right after I got out of class. The light and colors were so gorgeous. I wanted the dramatic lighting to be the focus of the picture so I knew I wanted to create a serine look. I immediately thought of this challenge and gave it a shot. NIkon D5000, sigma 70-300 lens. I figured out it was much easier to set the camera on my messenger bag, which was around my neck in front of me. Then I used live view because of the odd angle. This made it way easier to get the angle of the lens right and press the shutter button at the same time.
-Collyn Rankin

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Equipment is a Nikon D90 with Tokina 80-400MM DX II at 400 mm with UV filter – freelensed, handheld body & lens and manually focused. The pivot had the opening on the lower righthand side.

Full-Manual Settings:
Apeture: f0 (Freelensing!)
Shutter: 1/500s
ISO 200
After trying the technique for a while on the interior of my house (with a skylight), I went outside to try it out by focusing on one of my watches. I got the gist of the intention of the technique pretty quickly but took more than 100 photos before I sampled what I'd done. I liked the idea of the watch of the subject this week so I grabbed all my other watches and arranged them on the edge of my pool's diving board. As I angled the lens and walked around to try to find a good angle, I happened on this one about halfway through my photoshoot. I played with the angle of the lens and my body to get the subjects in focus. I really like this one as it kind of looks like a scorpion. This was a fun, if a bit risky, challenge.
-Cory Newkirk

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This was my first attempt at Gizmodo's shooting challenge after being a spectator from the beginning. I used a Canon XSi (450d) with a nifty-fifty (canon 50mm 1.8). The shot was taken @ 1/25sec in aperture priority mode and 800 iso. I took other photos, but since the deadline was Halloween I decided to submit this since it made my dog look like an apparition. It's appropriate since she is a little scary to begin with.
-Crystal Alvarez

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Shot with a Canon Rebel XTi and a Canon 50mm f/1.4, at ISO 400. This is a small statue given to me as a gift from some friends I made while spending time in Africa. The gift was given to promote fertility, more of a joke because I'm single and pretty far from getting married when it was given to me.
-David Farris

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Shot with a Canon T2i, 50mm f/1.8, shot at 1/2500 shutter speed.
I was outside, taking a few photos on my way home. Mostly free-lens stuff where I missed where to focus, just messing around and as I walked I noticed this sign, detatched my lens, and took a few shots. In post I crushed the blacks a bit with curves, upped the saturation to really make it pop and that's about it.
-David Fulde

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Canon Rebel XTI
"Macro Rig" using the stock 18-55mm lens that came with the camera.
used the flash and the iso was set to 400

There really isnt much of a story to go along with this photo. The fly I'm sure had a wonderful family, but his buzzing was pissing me off so I used a fly swatter and did him in. Thought it would be a nice photo. I WAS RIGHT!
-David Herzfeld

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My beloved duck and other miniature glass figurines staged on the kitchen table lit with a Dazor desk lamp. Canon 20d sitting flat on table, Canon 50mm f/1.8 a few millimeters away. First time freelensing, definitely badass.
-David Nemerson

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Using my Canon 450D and 50mm 1.8f lens ii layed down a black tee as a backdrop and set up a pair of my shoes. I set my camera on a tripod and help the lens just below the normal level for a TS shot and with my free hand focused the shot then took this. First time doing freelensing and was worried but managed to get this shot on my 3rd try and was pleased with the result. A little touch up in PS cs5 and got the end result. Shot at ISO 400 and 1/100sec.
-David Wheeler

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Camera: Canon EOS 450D with Canon 50mm f1.8 lens.
The picture was taken at 1/4000 sec. shutter speed, focal length 50mm, ISO 400 and aperture "unknown" (camera says F00, for obvious reasons ;-)

This was taken in Barcelona, at sunset. Freelensing is a quite tricky technique, which was fun and challenging alltogether!
-Ernest Figueras

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Nikon D40
Dusty old 18-55mm (barely use it anymore so I had to search through my house for it), took it at 55mm.
ISO 400
Shutter speed: 1/400

After I read about the challenge, I decided to venture outside and experiment. I had never heard of freelensing before, so I had to do some research and find a bit of blu-tack to keep my aperture open (the lens has a little spring lever). This wasn't initially what I was going to submit but I just came across it as I was scrolling through my photos. I'm submitting it mainly because of the clear distinction between focused and out of focus. Not a great shot, but I will practice some more.
No lenses or cameras were damaged in this process.
-Fernando Gomes

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I took this photo of a orchid in my windowsill, it is the middle part of the flower. After reading and experimenting with the freelensing technique I made this photo with the lens completely detached from the camera. Because the body did not control the aperture I have no idea what it was, but the shutter speed was 1/1000 (white flower with direct sunlight) and I used a ISO of 100.
-Frank Reynhout

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Canon t2i, sigma 24-70mm

I took this shot just after reading this, since Halloween is near it seems nice to see a ghost taking the picture ;)
From the 9th floor of my building, in front of my window.
Downtown Montreal, view on Notre-Dame street. (All the orange cones are for the street repairs. It seems this street is an ongoing repair.)
-Frédéric Saindon

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Decided to keep things festive by experimenting with this technique on a pumpkin. I thought the macro effect was really apparent on the stem. Shot with a Nikon D5000, 1/250, ISO 3200, with a Nikon Series E 52mm, f/1.8 lens.
-Greg Carlson

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Shot with 5D MKII
24-70mm L at roughly 50mm
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/1000

I am currently working in Dubai and had the opportunity to visit the terrace on the 112th floor of the Burj Khalifa, snapped this while up there...holding my lens very tightly for fear i might drop it a few thousand feet.
-Ian Doss

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Canon t2i w/ Canon 28-135mm ISO-100.

Didn't have much time for this contest, but figured I'd throw my name
in the hat. I was in our backyard, putting away summer stuff (i.e.
tiki torches) (and yes, being in Texas, we get to enjoy a longer
summer) and decided to give freelensing a try. After many random
attempts, I thought this one came out decent.
-James Burkett

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Nikon D5000, Canon EF 35 - 105 mm
1/100 s, ISO 1250, 35 mm, f/4.5

I did my best with hand held macro setup. I used old Canon lens (I shoot Canon before digital cameras came) because it stays fully opened when you unmount it. Computer screen is bright enough to prevent difficulties when holding camera in one hand and lens in the other. I chose one of the Gizmodo's sites. You should have no trouble finding the right one.
-Janez Kos

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This was shot with a Canon 5D MKII with an 24-105mm L lens set at 105mm iso 50, both camera and lens hand held. I had never heard of freelensing prior to reading about it here. There is a bush or small tree not sure what it is in our backyard that has a bunch of tiny flowers. Their color is different from everything else in our planter and every day I had been looking at them wondering if I should take a photo of them. I don't usually take photo's of flowers so I just dismissed the idea until I read about this technique. Since I am all for trying something new I figured this would be a good opportunity to do both. Friday morning when it was time to feed the dog, I grabbed the camera and shot quite a few. I had a tendency to pull the lens out maybe too far, most of the shots were coming in washed out. I had a hard time getting detail in the right places. It was difficult to be precise. After many shots I loaded them into Lightroom and started to look at what I had. This one stood out only because it was nearly the only one I was able to capture some detail with. I did some minor adjustments in Lightroom, including cropping and then sharpened the image in CS5 with a high pass filter using vivid light.
-Jason Reed

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"Sunday Morning (No Contacts)"

Gear: Canon T1i, 50mm 1.4 Lens, ISO 100, F of "0" but really it was 5.6 before I detached my lens.

Messing around on my balcony with freelensing and a nice sunset. I started to realize that A) the shots often make the subject look like miniatures, and B) the images often perfectly represent what it feels like to wake up and not be able to find your glasses. Of all that I took, this one is just that. If you have perfect vision, this is what your less seeing-able friends feel like in the morning!
-Jim Shumway

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Camera: Olympus E-410
Lens: 40-150mm
Settings: ISO 100, Flash off, the rest was auto

Never knew of this technique until i saw the challenge, so i grabbed an old spare camera (like hell am i getting dust in the canon!) and started experimenting. I was really pleased with the results and this was one of my favs, it was accomplished by reversing the lens for the macro and shining a powerful torch on the subject. Which in this case was one of my necklaces =D Now just waiting for a sunny day to go bug hunting!
-Joe Kelly

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I shot the photo using my Nikon D40x equipped with a Nikkor 18-55 mm. It is the lens that came with the camera.

Iso : 242
Exposure time : 1/320
Aperture: Impossible to determine

I was driving to my hometown and during the drive I saw some cows hanging out in the field. I stopped to take some pictures of the scenery and when I looked down I saw these little flowers, I told my-self "This is a perfect time to try freelensing!" So I did, it was a lot harder that I thought it would be. You have to move closer and further to focus on the subject and it is impossible to use your photometer. So I did severals tests before getting the lighting that I wanted without blurring the photo because I was moving. It was hard to stand still because cars were going really fast on the road next to me. They honked at me, probably asking themselves "what is that guy doing crouched next to the highway holding his camera like a crazy person?" Well I was freelensing! So here's my first try at macro-freelensing. I processed the picture using picasa (v3) and photoshop for resolution.
-John Tremblay

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Oympus E-600
Lens: Olympus 14-42mm
Exposure: 1/800th
ISO Speed: 640

Well the story goes like this, I'm a freshman at Bucks County Community College pursuing a bachelors degree in computer sciences but i have a passion for photography. On this fine October afternoon when i should have been in my Visual basic programming class, I felt my time would be better suited to walking through Tyler State Park snapping pictures along the way, and after seeing the contest posted on Giz i decided to give this whole "freelensing" thing a try and I came out of it with quite a few decent results. Hope you guys enjoy it, thanks.
-Joseph Loftus

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I had never even thought to take a picture with the lens detached from the body before you brought freelensing to my attention! The best part about it is that you can't tell exactly how the photo will turn out. I chose this shot because it has two focal points—something that you really can't do using normal photography methods. Canon Digital Rebel xTi, 50mm lens, ISO 400, 1/320, f1.4
-Kate Fehlhaber

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I tried the lens tilting idea, but every pic looked very uninteresting. I
had heard about reversing the lens but never tried it. The camera an
Olympus E-PL1 is small so the lens was easy to hold in place. The exposure
time was 1/25 sec and an ISO of 800. I was excited when I finally got one
in focus, this is a 8mm bead in a necklace.
-Kay Owens

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Shot using a Canon Rebel T2i with the kit lens and standard tripod.

Possibly one of the last sunny days in Upstate New York, I shot this after seeing an elderly couple swinging on this swing just moments before. After wandering around the park for a few minutes, I went back to my car where the older gentleman was also getting into his car and without seeing the photos I had taken, said I was doing a great job. I had taken a lot of photos that day from many locations and had trouble choosing which photo I should submit, but with his blind judgment towards this particular photo, I couldn't resist this decision.
-Kevin McCarthy

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This is the 2nd week in a row my submission subject is a pumpkin. I wanted to attempt this technique, unsure if I'd even submit, and the most interesting subject around was a pumpkin my roommate had. I took some shots during the day but planned to get some better ones that night with bokeh and a star filter I have. Freelensing didn't really enhance the night shots at all, so this shot is from my first "practice" set. I like how gloomy yet angelic it is.
Canon EOS T1i; Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 lens at f/3.2 using DOF preview button; 1/200 sec; ISO 800; Full manual & Handheld; (shot in RAW but untouched post-production other than resizing).
-Louie Livon-Bemel

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Canon EOS T2i
1/6 Exposure Time
ISO-1600
18-55mm lens with f/3.5-5.6

For anyone unaware (I'm looking at you, non-Canadians) this is a Canadian Five Dollar bill. The striking gentlemen pictured is Sir Wilfred Laurier. I wanted to make his face look like it had a little depth with focus on his eye. This shot cost a total of five dollars.
-Lucas Allman

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Blend F/3.3, 1/2 sec., ISO 125, no flash, but a flashlite.

I've followed the contest for some weeks now and finally wanted to take part - but as I don't own a DSLR I faced a problem: How to detach the lenses from my Olympus FE240 compact camera? I couldn't unless I wanted to break it. So I unscrewed the back of the camera until I could reach the sensorplate and was able to move it, resulting in the freelensing effect. I'm pretty happy it worked as my camera lost a lot of plastic and too many screws in the prozess (e.g. it's broken now!). After taking some random makro-shots I went out for a walk, found a caterpillar and took it home with me, after letting it walk on my table for a while, it went up a little plastic bottle (ok, I put it there) and that's when I took the photo.
-Malte Klingbeil

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Olympus E-Volt 300
14-42 Lens

I only had about half an hour to spare this past week to shoot something for the Freelensing Challenge. I spent the 25 minutes tying to figure out how to get anything to focus. I have three different lenses, a 75-300mm, 40-150mm, and the standard 14-42mm. I couldn't get any of these to focus with my lens detached. I was aiming to shoot the school campus I live at in tilt/shift type of style. Frustrated, I switched between lenses till I discovered I could focus to really up close items.
But then I couldn't find anything to shoot, but some dead rose bushes. As I headed back home in frustration, my 13 year old nephew ran by, asking what I was doing. I grabbed my camera and lens, snapped a picture of his face, and showed him. I was quite impressed it turn out as cool as it did. His right eye and trim of his glasses were in focus, and the freelensing tilt I gave it moved everything else out of focus. He didn't get it.
-Marcus McDonald

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This was taken freelensing with a canon 50d, 50mm 1.8 lens (set at f22 before removed from camera) 1/8000 sec shutter 100iso the subject is a light bulb on a desk work light(one of the ones with a giant magnifying glass attached)...and yes by the time i was done staring at a supper bright light bulb though a 50mm lens trying to get the focus right i was blind....so if you see someone with an eye patch its gizmodo's fault :)
-Matthew Varian

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I set up this shot on a table in my living room. I filled the four glasses with water and put a drop of blue food coloring in each glass. Then I tilted my lens to the left and snapped a bunch of pics before the food coloring spread out in the glasses. The lighting was all natural light coming in from my living room window on the right. In Photoshop I turned down all of the colors except for the blue channel. Shot with: Canon Rebel XT, Canon 55-250mm IS (@ about 58mm), ISO 400, 1/13th.
-Matt Hjelvik

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"Lamp-lit dresser"

Canon D20
f1.8 50mm lens
f-stop 1.8
shutter speed - 1/10
ISO - 400

I'm surprised I managed to take any clear portion of a shot. hard to tell what is in focus even with my glasses on. The lens not being fit to the body threw the ability to auto-focus out the window.
-Michael Straub

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Canon Rebel T2i, Kit Lens 18-55mm @ 18mm, ISO 400, 1/2000

I went into Isla Vista hoping to capture some of the post-Halloween party destruction, of which there ended up being very little. Instead, I settled on snapping a few pictures of some rusted bikes.
-Nick Bottarini

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Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Nikor 50 mm 1.8

1/60 sec ISO 320

This is my first and last chilli harvest of the year, a mix of Habanero's, Scotchbonnets, Thai Hot and Fatalli's.
I had just picked them and set them on the windowsill and it was a beautifull subject, especially for the great topic of this week's challenge.
So many colours and shapes, so it was great to try it out.
Held the lens a little away from the body and tilted it left.
-Nils Rohwer

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Used a Canon 7D with 70-200mm F4/L lens to shoot this hdd on top of bed using just the rooms light and sunlight from window.
-Orwin

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Canon EOS 400D/Rebel XTi with
EF50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro Lens (although it was obviously not attached to the body as it should)
ISO 100 1/2000 sec. Some colour adjustments with Aperture.

I choose to submit this picture because I was quite surprised by the sharpness of the image. It's almost better than what I get when the lens is attached. And it's focused quite exactly where I wanted it to be. I also liked the flower's shadow on the leaf and the contrast (both in colour and sharpness) with the background.

Usually I complain, saying that in Switzerland we only have two seasons. After the summer, the winter and after the winter comes the summer. There is no such thing as spring or autumn. And until today it was so cold that it really felt like it was winter. But today was different. The air was extremely pure and clean and the light was wonderful. I decided to take my slr out and started shooting a few "standard macro" shots. Then I suddenly remembered about the giz contest and decided to give freelensing a try. After a few shots I got this one from a honeysuckle right outside my room.
-Pascal Bleuler

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Canon EOS 550D
EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
ISO 1250
Shutter Speed 1/80

I was hiking the biggest cliff in town when I noticed it was about to get dark very quickly, so I began making my way back down the hill when I saw a natural backdrop on mini "trees". I thought it was my chance to try the free lensing challenge, so I took a few shots and got caught up in it. Suffice it to say I had to walk back down the hill in the dark.
-Patrick Tilghman

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Canon 400D w/ 18-55mm Kit Lens @ 55mm, 1/60 sec, ISO 100.

Miserable, wet weekend in London so had to do some freelensing from the window. Managed to get this shot with the lens tilted out slightly to the right, creating a nice light leak and tilt-shift effect.
-Peter Larkin

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T2i rebel, ISO 400, 18-135mm
-Qlint Chesney

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I had a really, really difficult time with this method. It took me a long time to figure out that I had to manually keep the aperture open, and even then I had a terrible time trying to get anything in focus. This was one of my very few shots that turned out okay, and it was shot on my Nikon D3000, at 1/60 sec. and ISO 400. Obviously the aperture was 0. If I could ever figure out how to get good results consistently with this method, I'd like it, but otherwise it seems to be too tough- and dangerous for my camera- to use regularly.
-Rachel Weiss

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Ok, here's my first shooting contest entry, had lots of fun with it.

The photo is taken with a Canon 7D (iso 640, 1/60s), with a 40 year old minolta mc 58mm 1.4 lens held in front of it. The lens was stepped down to 2.8, to get at least a few millimeters of sharpness in the picture. I had my girlfriend stand inches away from a bright studio light and got this picture after about 200 shots from a very small distance (after eliminating light leaks by having a piece of black cloth draped over my head like a 19th century photographer). I had experimented with freelensing for a few days, but I would not have thought I'd get such a sharp and fragment-less picture. The photo was photoshopped to reduce noise and dramatize the contrast and colors, but nothing more.
-Robert Kirberich

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"Halloween"

To create the effect of a ghoul appearing from a spirit portal. Freelensing make the lights surrounding the skeleton to swirl like a vortex.

Camera - Panasonic GF-1
Lens - Schneider Krueznach Xenon 25mm F1.4
Shutter speed - 1/30th sec
ASA -200

Lighting setup - One LED litepanel to the left and one iPhone to the right. The coloured light balls are fibre optics.
-Roger Lim

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I took this in my parents backyard which is a beautiful 5 acre woods. ISO 400, 1/2500 and I had separated the lens just a little. I took several macro images but I liked the effect the best in this image.
-Sally Reece

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Canon Rebel Xs, 50mm F1.4 Lens

It's a shot of my plant, which has red leafs, and for some reason is now growing green - I suspect a cross pollination with the corn plant, cheating monocots! Anyways, this shot is quite lucky and was dangerous because i almost dropped my lens and decided not to take any more freelens shots with my f1.4. Hence, this was the last shot of the bunch, which turned out the best.
-Shehzad Akbar

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Canon XSi, 18-55mm (backwards)

This is a CD i had on my desk. I really didn't expect to see this when i started shooting it.
I learned about freelensing a few months ago, while i don't have the extra money for a nice macro lens, i've been making good use of this technique ever since.
-Stephen Galpin

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I used to freelens all the time, and after getting my efs 10-22 freelensing became pretty interesting. The shorter the focal length of the lens is, the more magnification you have if you hold it in front of your camera backwards.
for this shot I used a canon 40d, with a backwards efs 10-22 set at 10mm. (where I set the focus barely matters with this technique)
I put my copy of The Sun Also Rises by Hemmingway into the sun, on a shelf. then I let the lens rest on the shelf for stability as I moved it back and forth to get it to focus. focusing is extremely hard at this magnification level. what you see is less than a millimeter of the edge of the book where the pages are. I shot at 6.5 fps like crazy and reviewed my shots. I had some nice ones but realized I shot in small resolution JPEGs, so I re-did everything in RAW.
as for post processing, I just did basic brightness and colour changes in the raw editor in PS CS5. then some basic sharpening before I resized.
sorry for it not being sharp, but focusing was a challenge and the aperture is stuck wide open.
-Taras Zadorozhny

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Nikon D40, 50mm f/1.8, ISO 200, 1/125s

For the freelensing effect on this macro shot I pulled the 50mm about an inch from the body. I was shooting between two of the petals on the flower. With this technique it made a sort of "stormy" effect. I imagined with this picture that the top is a massive storm rolling in and the stamen are representing the town.
-Taylor McBride

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"In your face"
Shot with a Canon Digital Rebel XT with an 18-55mm prime lens closer to 18 mm. Shutter speed 1/25s on ISO 400 with flash. Didn't record the f-stop since the lens was disconnected.

After reading the description of freelensing, I was intrigued with the effects I could produce. While I was playing around with the method, we had our two pet rats out running around the room (Illegal pets FTW!)
I caught this photo as one of them, Issi, was perched on my roommate's guitar. She was pretty stunned with the flashbulb. I sort of felt bad afterwards. Unedited RAW image. Freelensing can create some pretty awesome results!
-Tim Porter

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Camera: Canon 5D MKII
Lens: Canon 28mm f/1.8
ISO: 800
Shutter Speed: 1/60
Technique: I unlocked the lens but still held it right inside the lens mount so that I would not get light leaks. I then tilted my hand with the lens at different angles to get the focus right. Once I found my focus I shot 3-4 pictures to make sure it was properly in focus (the focal plane on these shots is so tiny).

Story: My wife and I just got a new kitten and have been trying to get a decent picture of her since we got her. She is so fast it is hard to get a clean shot in focus. Once I saw her sitting in my computer chair, acting calm for once, I decided it would be the perfect opportunity to grab this shot for the challenge.
-Tripp Girdler

Shooting Challenge Freelensing Gallery 1

This photograph was taken using my dear friend, the Nikon D300, with attached and thoroughly ruined Macro-Takumar 50mm. This lens was starting to focus roughly, and the aperture wasn't working right, so I "fixed" it (by removing the optics and attaching them to a bit of rubber with a Nikon mount, and some velvet to shield the shutter bay from dust). The result in an unattached tilted shifted macro lens, which sucks to use. Approximate f/11 aperture, ISO 200, sb600 through a home-made beauty...tube... for light.
-Wade Saathoff

Shooting Challenge Freelensing Gallery 1

I'm not sure if my submission is kosher, but I really wanted to participate in my first weekly shooting challenge. Thing is I only shoot with my iPhone 4. So what I did was take a lens from a disposable camera and held it with pliers angled perpendicular to the floor and shot down at the quarter. Not much else to say other than I hope you like it. It created a wonderful distortion effect.
-William Palin