November 11, 2010
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!
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:
Insects were previously off limits as well. Fortunately I ran into this little guy on a walk outside:
The grit and grain of everyday objects becomes more apparent the closer you get:
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:
If you can't already tell from the above picture, I like my black & whites contrasty. Thus:
Here’s the whole gallery of pics I took that day: