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Old Aug 16, 2014, 5:59 PM   #1
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Working the close-ups without the miracle of extension tubes. After looking at Allan's quick results with his new tubes, Bob's and Gilles' adventures, it make me wonder if I'm making things harder by sticking with the non-extended methods. But things are working for me, though I would appreciate not getting my face three inches away from a bee!

Start with a black-eyed susan with the M.40-150


A monarch that came to visit the joe-pieweed, again with the M.40-150


Now we'll throw on the Micro-Nikkor 55 from my film days and go manual.
Another wee beastie visiting the joe-pie-weed


The black eye on a black eyed susan


Suffering a fit of insanity, we have not one but two cacti in our garden, this one in a raised pot (the other is lurking at ground level), the prickly pear cactus. Yes, native to southern Ontario

Though not as bad as cactus go, this one is deceptive. The big spikes are not too much to worry about, it is the tiny little hairs growing beside the bigger spikes that cause the damage. Even with heavy gardening gloves you have to be very careful.

Finally, when is the last time you had a good look at a sequoia...

Not exactly a macro shot, I just love the soft lightness of the foliage. This is the metasequoia Dawn Redwood, planted in our back yard. It is currently about 5 feet tall, supposedly growing one foot per year. In about 100 years it should be quite the sight! I can hardly wait.
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The color range in number 2 is great.
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Being summer, my first thought regarding the subject line had nothing to do with flowers, or extension tubes

Very nice though!
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It is currently about 5 feet tall, supposedly growing one foot per year. In about 100 years it should be quite the sight! I can hardly wait.
You're a funny guy Cube. And I hope to be right there with ya.

Very nice series BTW. Who needs tubes? I wonder if I can get my money back???
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Being summer, my first thought regarding the subject line had nothing to do with flowers, or extension tubes
What, you were thinking hot dogs...
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Yeah, let's go with that...
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The color range in number 2 is great.
Yeah, joe pie weed is such a great plant. It is a native so very easy to grow and it attracts pollinators. The Monarchs and other butterflies are just coming to it now.
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You're a funny guy Cube. And I hope to be right there with ya.

Very nice series BTW. Who needs tubes? I wonder if I can get my money back???
Allan, I'm counting on modern medicine and future discoveries, so no problem.

But keep the tubes, you can imagine what my throw out rate is trying to get a good shot. Managed to miss an incredible butterfly yesterday while I was manually focusing and setting exposure...
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I gotta buy another set ..... Iwillgiveya30bucks
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Oh No! .....extension tubes, AUTO everything and mode P oughta do it, nothing ever again missed
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