I wondered, when did I first hear about “reversed lens”? Back in 2012? 2013? I learned that this is one of the cheapest options among “real” macro gear. Not like using a telephoto lens as a macro lens for 1:2 magnification ratios (which is also awesome), but really, 1:1 or over.
This is called extreme macro, and if you want to create really stunning pictures of the things you cannot see with the naked eye, you must go over a 1:1 ratio. For this, lens reversing is the cheapest solution, and I never had a lot of money for gear.
From the first look through the viewfinder, the bugs, flowers, anything looks as if you are really close (a reversed Canon kit lens can do 2:1.) Well, a microscope can show more, but macro for me is about capturing the animals and flowers out there, in their natural habitat, without harming them—it is important.
As time passed, I got a cheap manual lens for using reversed, and then, in around 2014, I built my own reversed Canon 18-55 kit lens which I’ve been using ever since. You can find out how I made it here.
Now, I’ve collected some of my best, nature-themed macros here to show what most people don’t see every day. I hope you will enjoy them! There will be some macro shots with a simple telephoto lens among the pictures.