Extension tubes

Pretty flower

Macro photography appeals to me. The idea of not having to ask your subject to pose and never getting a refusal when asking if you can take a picture fits right within my comfort zone.

The issue is, that I don’t have a dedicated macro lens to fit my new camera. I do have a have a macro lens for my ¬†older camera, but alas it will not work on the new one. So I was looking online at a couple of options. It was a question of how many hundreds of pounds do you want to spend? A few hundred or quite a lot. Hmmmmm, neither option seemed that appealing to me.

I’d been reading about extension tubes. These will alter the closest focussing distance of any lens you attach to your camera. I bought a set of three tubes of different size for ¬£41. These were then attached to my camera along with my trusty 50mm lens and I went out looking for flowers and insects. I am absolutely delighted with the results.

Lunch over

Another buzzy thing

Pollen eater


Feeding time



Good guy blogger In To The Orchard has been posting about his Summer Photo Fun photography project. This seems like good fun to me. This week’s theme is “Machine”, so I got the macro lens, tripod and flash gun out and had a go.

I lit the scene with a trobe, off to camera left to add those specular highlights. I have a blue gel on the flash head. I did try an orange CTO gel but the blue one looked a bit more “machiney” to me.

Hope my entry gets added to the project.