“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero
One of my goals for my summer break is to begin using gear that I have purchased over the years that I have not taken the time to truly learn how to use. The first items I have started exploring for their full potential are my
extension tubes. I just never really took the time to work using them before. For the past three photography outings, I have shot everything using my extension tubes. They have helped me discover a whole, new world and have brought a great deal of excitement to my discovery.
Yesterday I used my extension tubes at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. I am fortunate because I can drive to Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in less than thirty minutes. There are always wonderful things to photograph there.
The extension tubes allow me to get a closer look at the subjects I am photographing.
Plants and flowers begin to look like other things when using extension tubes. I kept thinking of an ocean wave as I captured this curve.
I always enjoy seeing the details of flowers. The bright colors of this flower are what drew my attention.
Sometimes, when using the extension tubes, I am surprised by the details I am able to capture. I did not see the wonderful details of my find in this image until I uploaded it onto my computer. I named this image Imperfection. This little guy is beautiful even with his imperfection.
My final image of the day was one of my favorite flower, the hydrangea. I was able to get a really close shot of one of the hydrangea plants growing in the garden.
After just three days using my extension tubes, I have learned how to add them to my photography tool box. From now on I will be sure to take them along regularly so that I may take a closer look at many of my subjects.
I invite you to go through your camera bags and use an item that you have not used as often as you would like, as you photograph this weekend!