Macro Photos + Reston Town Center

For my birthday this year I bought myself some extension tubes that let me get some crazy close-up images. I had a lot of fun testing them out! They are a set of 3, each with varying levels of millimeter length. I’ve found that even the smallest of the bunch (the 12 mm one) is suitable for over 80% of the closeups that I take.

Of course I started off with flowers, as they have been a blur to my lenses for years!

A flower fill the frame!

A flower fill the frame!

The minuscule distance between my lens and the subject allows me to grab textures otherwise unnoticed in more "distant" photos. This is really apparent when I hold a leaf up in the fading sunlight:

A leaf in the fading light

A leaf in the fading light

Insects were previously off limits as well. Fortunately I ran into this little guy on a walk outside:

Dragonfly

Dragonfly

The grit and grain of everyday objects becomes more apparent the closer you get:

Fire hydrant

Fire hydrant

On that same day I took some time walking around Reston Town Center with my regular lenses. I was inspired and motivated by the ones I was taking with the tubes! Here’s a view of the concrete in the parking garage on Democracy Drive:

Democracy...Drive

Democracy...Drive

If you can't already tell from the above picture, I like my black & whites contrasty. Thus:

Parking garage

Parking garage

Here’s the whole gallery of pics I took that day:

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