Digital photography has changed the way we take pictures. Film was expensive, and taking a truly great photograph required a great deal of practice. Practice meant taking lots of pictures. In other words, it was either a career or an expensive hobby. Then came the digital SLR. Certainly not cheap by any stretch, not having to purchase roll after roll of film meant they were far more affordable in the long run than their film equivalents. With these electronic marvels came advanced photo editing software, also more affordable than ever before. Suddenly, even amateurs could take startlingly good pictures. And lots of them.
Multidisciplinary artist Pyanek is certainly no amateur; his photography and his music are stark and beautiful. The camera he used, however, is the readily available, entry-level Canon Rebel T3i. By reversing the kit lens and utilizing specialized software, he was able to capture details so minute, it's sometimes difficult to tell that these are ordinary, everyday objects.
Sometimes, what seem so sharp and clean to the naked eye, are something else entirely, like the pages of a book.
Few people ever stop to contemplate the stem of an apple.
Other objects, like sugar crystals, go from appearing quite rough, to chiseled and orderly.
Some items, like this incense stick, are completely abstract.
Others are easier to guess, but still offer one or two surprises.
Small beach stones can look like looming, crystal caverns from the right perspective.
Even an object as commonplace as a wood screw has incredible details to share.
Corn flakes are not one of the most attractive items to look at so closely, yet they still catch the eye.
This image of a teabag gives quite a bit of insight into the simple pouch. It's quite clear how easily water can pass through, with no tea leaves escaping.
The key of a keyboard is littered with tiny debris. You'd never know from looking at yours.
Lipstick retains as much from the wearer as the wear does from it.
A serrated knife appears surprisingly blunt when viewed close up.
Kitchen sponges are known for their airiness, but who knew just how airy?
Perhaps most surprising is the tip of a spaghetti noodle. Tiny flecks of bran dot the translucent pasta.
But most beautiful are these soap bubbles, which create a hazy, stained glass, kaleidoscope under heavy zoom.
Even a ballpoint pen tip is quite a visceral sight when seen like this.