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Water Lilly

By Taff
Taken at the Royal Botanical gardens in Edinburgh, yesterday afternoon. It was absolutely stinking hot in the hothouse (Surprisingly!) - Got rather lucky with this one - quite pleased with the results!

I've just invested in a set of Kenko Macro tubes and this is the 2nd time I'd used them. I used my Alpha 65 with the 70-400mm G lens. Adding the medium Tube meant I could focus down to about 18" which is pretty incredible for a 70-400mm lens!

Hope you guys like it, critique as always is most welcome Smile


Tags: Close-up Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

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7 Jul 2013 5:19PM
this is beautiful and one of my favourite subject to photograph

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lonely_oryx 12 61 55 England
7 Jul 2013 6:55PM
Explosive capture
boov 7 2 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2013 8:30PM
JuBarney Plus
9 33 4 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2013 10:01PM
Superb close up
sable 12 9 7 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2013 2:34PM
an excellent image and I appreciate your sharing the technical stuff about Kenco macro tubes I will certainly e having a look at the possibility of using them - Elizabeth xx
Taff 15 59 Scotland
8 Jul 2013 2:43PM
Thanks Elizabeth Smile

Would definitely recommend the Kenko brand as they're the only ones I could find that carry the electrical contacts through so you can still auto-focus. The only downsides I've found so far is that you get very narrow depth of field and you lose infinity focus. Not a problem if you're doing Macro obviously, but if a photo opportunity arises when you're out in the field, you may well need to take the Tube off a bit rapid!

Other than that, well worth the 125 investment, turns any lens into a Macro lens without reducing any of the optical qualities of the original lens as it's basically just a plastic collar.


8 Jul 2013 3:09PM
Beautiful shot Grin
Lillian Plus
11 23 17 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2013 4:43PM
Such a beautiful capture
pin sharp
ChiliMan 13 135 17 Singapore
9 Jul 2013 4:35PM
I recently got two extension tubes, 10mm and 16mm, and I LOVE them. With electrical contacts too. Very interesting with my kit zoom. At maximum focal length, 84mm, you have a decent working distance but less mag. At the smaller focal lengths you get MUCH closer and have more mag...but at the smallest focal length, 28mm, I can't even's too close Grin 40mm onwards it's ok.

This is one INCREDIBLE shot you've got with the extension tubes! The colour and focus are wonderful.

Bravo Smile

Taff 15 59 Scotland
9 Jul 2013 8:23PM
Thanks Andrew - There is a nack to using tubes which took me about 2 sessions to figure out. Once you have the Tube fitted, set your focus to infinity and leave it there. When you come across something you want to shoot, use the zoom to get the subject in 'rough' focus, then use the focus ring to fine tune - simple (not) Smile

Ayoob 9 Australia
25 Jul 2013 1:09PM
WOW ....Excellent macro shot with great detail and colours.........GrinGrinGrin
12 Aug 2013 3:00PM
Wow, another stunning shot!!

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