Quantaray close-up filters and Twizzlers

This photo of Twizzler’s licorice candy is a bit of an experiment for me. It was taken at F22, which means that the shutter opening was very small, letting in very little light. It was a low light situation anyways, so I had to keep the shutter open for 20 seconds at ISO 200.

It was taken with an x2 Quantaray close-up filter on the lens, allowing me to get much closer to the licorice than I would have been able to otherwise… which is a poor-man’s macro lens solution. The problem with this method is you usually end up with an incredibly shallow depth of field. By shrinking the aperture to it’s minimum setting, that lengthens the depth of field, allowing the licorice on the top of the pile to be just as in focus as the licorice you can see towards the bottom.

I like the Quantaray filters, as they have given me some exceptional shots, such as these:



A common feature in these images, however, is that the depth of focus is very narrow.

I’m happy with the twizzler pic – what do you think?


  1. unknown says:

    In picture no. 3 is that a snake?

  2. Ali @ Painters New York says:

    i like the 3rd picture..guess its a snake..but is it real one?

  3. OP says:

    No doubt…. It is real…

  4. James Lee says:

    You should click the picture (it’s a link)… there are four close-up photos of that snake on the linked page. It’s a Brown Snake, and yes, it’s real.

  5. Claire says:

    I think the Twizzlers look great. I hope you cleaned them up afterward! Everybody loves the tiny snake – I’d forgotten how truly amazing he was. Do you recall we named him “Lucky”? I hope he was lucky enough to never meet Muffet again.

  6. Nice photographs! :) I was thinking of getting some close up photography filters as I cannot really afford to get a macro lens :(
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  7. Justin says:

    Very nice post, congratulations, I really like Twizzler’s licorice candy, these pictures are awesome. Your site is pretty good,. Keep it up !

  8. TJ McDowell says:

    Those Twizzlers look amazing. Do you think it has anything to do with the fact that I haven’t eaten lunch yet?
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  9. sundeep says:

    yummy…i mean candy not snake :P
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  10. HG says:

    the third picture is that of a tiny snake. I’m afraid of snakes.

  11. The close up lens must be fairly good quality, your photograph is nice and sharp. Sometimes the shallow depth of field can be used to your advantage.

  12. i want twizzlers =(
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  13. Larry @ Khon Kaen says:

    The twizzlers look good enough to eat – excellent shot

  14. I love the close up of the flower. Isn’t that what the blue bulb looking thing is?

  15. Maggie @ Managed Hosting says:

    Well, it just goes to show you that now matter how little light, red is still bright. Though, they look almost plastic, don’t they?

  16. Becca @ Robotic Palletizers says:

    That Twizzler pic looks amazing! It actually made me salivate believe it or not. Yum..now I’m hungry.

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