Following on from Day 208 … I had another look at my macro extension tubes….
Todays set up:
- Outdoor flowers
- A tripod
- 100mm macro lens
- Extension tube set.
As mention on Day 197, Macro is an image that is less than 5cm in scale… today I included a ruler in some of the shots, as I wanted to retain the scale or the image and actuall see how much detail I could record. I found it hard, I had to focus manually and with such close settings it was easy to be out of focus.
In each of the images I have commented on what my set up was….
I love the crispness of this 100mm shot and it was able to be focused using the camera automatic settings.
Above I added my narrowest extension tube and I could move closer to the flower.
21mm extension tube and I had to move back slightly to get the focus right. I also had to increase the aperature as the shallow depth of field was too shallow for me for work with accurately.
33mm extension tube, hard to focus, but I am able to get just over 1 cm on the screen, so with time, effort, patience and a static object you can get impressively close. I think it will take time and practice to get the focusing perfect.
Above is 2 of the three extension tubes working together, I had to move back to get focus, and as you can see with the ruler it was quite hard to achieve.
The final image is a cropped version of the 100mm lens plus the 33mm extension tube cropped down – you can see the grains at ISO1600, but considering that little insects is smaller than 1mm in real life, it is amazing at how much detail can be captured. Maybe I will have a go with my macro tubes every now and again…. my preferred shot though are the ones with just the 100mm lens – I think the quality is better.