I thought I would try a little bit of close-up/macro work this lunchtime and decided upon the Valentine roses as a subject. This was a lovely red rose which I tried photographing at different zooms using both my EF 24-105 f/4.0 L Lens and my EF 50mm f/1.8 lens. Then I tried using my smallest 13mm extension tube and then combined it with the 31mm tube, giveing a total extension tube of 44mm. I also tried varying the aperture to get a nice soft focus feel but as the extension tube length increased I had real difficulty focusing. By reducing the aperture to f/20 I managed to get a reasonably sharp image and the depth of field is limited by the extension tubes, so it still looks nice and soft at the edges. While I likes the colour version I always felt it might convert well into black & white, which it does I think.
I also took some shots of a white rose (see below), with only the 13mm extension tube in this case. It works well too but I prefer the red one.
I really enjoyed messing around with the extension tubes but focusing is very difficult and it takes time. The effect however is really compelling I think so I will keep experimenting on more flowers, probably wild ones as spring arrives and moves into summer.
Just for reference here are the original images. I like them both in colour, especially the red rose but my passion for B&W keeps me going back to monochrome.
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