I have a few filters, but I rarely use them. I mostly just use my polarized filter. I took out the diopter filter and sepia filter last Sunday and went shooting around the plants in the yard. If you are not familiar with a diopter filter, it is like a magnifying glass you place on your lens, preferably the smallest lens you have, so you can create macro images. If you do not have hundreds of dollars to put towards a good macro lens, a diopter is a good affordable option. But let it be known that the images are not as great as what you can make from a macro lens. I also tried out the sepia filter in the NIK software program. I love it! I think I want to go through some old photos and renew them with the sepia filter. But I probably wont, I don’t think I could find the time. But I will definitely make use of this option on some of my future photographs.
Here are a few of the photographs I took with the +10 diopter filter on my 50mm lens.
A false macro photograph of a Dwarf Spider on a flower bud in a garden.
Using a diopter filter for false macro photography. I photographed these flies on a sports net.
A close up photograph of a Red-Necked False Blister Beetle. Taken with a diopter filter.
A close up photograph using a diopter filter of bleeding heart flower plant.
Photographs with a sepia filter on my 300mm camera lens.
Blossoms in the apple tree. Photograph taken with a sepia filter on the camera lens.
The Candy Stripe flower cluster by rocks in a garden. Photograph taken with a sepia filter on the camera lens.
A photograph of a blueberry branch with white bell flowers. Taken with a sepia filter on the camera lens.
No the filter does not give 100% sepia coloring to the digital photographs. It does add yellowing to the image, which can be used in creative ways. I created a second version of this apple tree picture and the blueberry branch when I converted the image files to sepia in NIK, and they are amazing!
And now for some fun with the sepia filter in NIK software, courtesy of Photoshop.
A photograph of a flower on a bleeding heart plant. Sepia effect applied in Photoshop.
A photograph of Bluet flowers. Sepia effect added in Photoshop. Diopter filter used.
A photograph of a walking stick bug hiding in the curl of a leaf on an apple tree branch. Sepia effect applied. Diopter filter used.
A walking-stick bug going towards an apple blossom. Sepia effect applied. Diopter filter used.
A photograph of a walking-stick bug on an apple tree branch. Sepia effect applied. Diopter filter used.
A photograph of white bell flowers on a blueberry branch. Sepia effect applied.
A photograph of a Crab Apple tree branch filled with flower blossoms. Sepia filter effect applied.
I really like this last apple blossom photograph. I did save some of the color, so it is not full sepia, but still does convey a nostalgia feeling. I was happy to find the walking-stick bug again. I enjoyed photographing it climbing on this branch. I don’t think s/he liked it as much though. I think it would have been happier left alone.