Okay, so I had learned about these nifty little gadgets called “extension tubes” during my last class with Bryan Peterson. They are glassless tubes that come in a set of three different sizes that can be used individually or stacked. You connect them between the camera and your lens (any lens, I might add!) and they give you the ability to get much closer to your subject. I had been perfectly content to use my magnifying filters and my Raynox 250 until this past week’s assignment in macro. We aren’t allowed to use flowers as our subject, and I was having a VERY hard time getting a neat abstract macro using my lenses. I couldn’t get close enough, and the focus wasn’t as sharp as I would have liked. So, I finally bit the bullet to the tune of $100 and bought the tubes. I bought the Pro-Optic brand tubes, but if you want to splurge, Kenko makes a set for about $170 that Bryan Peterson uses. I had about 15 minutes to play with them, and here’s what I got…these are SOOC. (Same flowers that I used for the black and white shoot by the way.)
And one non-flower shot:
I think I’m in love.