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December 23, 2013

A few months ago I backed the Easy-Macro Smartphone Lens on Kickstarter, which lets you take photos in extreme close-up with your phone. It's basically a thick rubber band with that holds a small magnifier right over the camera lens of a phone. When I got it, I tucked it into the back pocket of my Moleskine and forgot about it until this Think Kit prompt:

Look at your surroundings as if you're seeing them for the first time – take a walk in your 'hood, explore your basement, or visit a favorite spot. What do you notice?

I decided to explore some wintery things with the lens. Today was bitter cold, and we got the tiniest flurries. From a distance, they looked like nothing but a speck. Up close, the flakes looked much more textured and fluffy. I found a dish of water outside too, which had some interesting patterns. 

Snow flurries and ice

I went inside and turned the lens to my Christmas tree. The lens let me see bits of sap and marks I couldn't see with the naked eye. This must be how ants see the world. 

pine tree close-up

The coolest images I got were completely accidental. I stepped away from the tree and noticed how different things looked from afar. The mini lights from the tree blurred to bokeh, and moving my phone around created an illusion of tiny lighted parachutes.
 



I got two lenses and a protective sleeve to store them in for a backing of $15. Not bad considering it gave me a whole new perspective on things. 


This post is part of Think Kit by SmallBox
Today’s prompt: Look at your surroundings as if you're seeing them for the first time – take a walk in your 'hood, explore your kitchen or visit a favorite spot. What do you notice?

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