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    Daylily Details

    First Daylily blooms of the season. Trying to get used to the Kenko extension tubes that I bought recently. These were shot with a 50mm lens plus a 12mm extension. This closeup work really gives your knowledge of tripod manipulation a workout. I do like my plant clamp that allows me to position the flower stem without readjusting the tripod. The narrow depth of field on a prime lens is more challenging. I'll also note that I really like the magnified live view when working this close. The sky was overcast.

    C&C welcome and appreciated.

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    #3 This is my favorite. I like how the base of the filaments and the pollen seem to glow.
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    Lovely set of shots. I agree with you on #3 though I do like #2 quite a bit too.

    I have never tried an extension tube on my 50mm but judging from your results it may be worth a try.

    Your working distance must have been very very close?

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    I like these Terri - #2 is my favorite.

    A friend just lent me some close-up filters and I am going to give them a try over the weekend so these shots are inspiring

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobobird View Post
    Lovely set of shots. I agree with you on #3 though I do like #2 quite a bit too.

    I have never tried an extension tube on my 50mm but judging from your results it may be worth a try.

    Your working distance must have been very very close?
    Thanks Bobo. Yes working distance was less than a foot. #2 is not cropped at all. #3 has a pretty good crop to concentrate on the pollen.

    In case someone is not aware of it, be sure to check out THIS LINK in CiC's tutorials on extension tubes. The calculator comes in handy for figuring out focus distance and magnification on different lenses. I did however have to find and download the specs on my lenses to know their native magnification.

    I think I'll try my 18-55 next time.

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    Re: Daylily Details

    Quote Originally Posted by ShaneS View Post
    I like these Terri - #2 is my favorite.

    A friend just lent me some close-up filters and I am going to give them a try over the weekend so these shots are inspiring
    Thanks Shane. Good luck with the closeup filters. I've experimented with those before but like these extension tubes better. It was a compromise over buying a macro lens as I'm not sure this will be a large portion of my photography. Especially given the trouble I've had with allergies this spring. No getting down on the ground in a field of flowers for me!

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    Re: Daylily Details

    Nice Terri, Daylilies are a favorite of mine. Love the colors of yours.

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    Re: Daylily Details

    Nice. I like #1 and #4.. with #4 I wonder if cropping a little bit off of the top would be a better crop by focusing all the attention on the flower...? ie similar to #1

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    Re: Daylily Details

    Thanks for the additional info.

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    Re: Daylily Details

    Hi Terri: The overcast sky sure made the colours rich and intense. These are beautiful shots and quite inspiring. I hope your allergies are under control so you can post some more

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    Re: Daylily Details

    Thanks Joe.

    Thanks Christina. I see your point about #4 as I had the same initial thought. But I was really on that shot trying to showcase the stamen which is why they were the only thing in focus so I didn't want to get the anthers any closer to the edge.

    Thanks Suzan. I switched allergy meds and it's better and on these shots I didn't have to get so close to the ground!

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    Re: Daylily Details

    Quote Originally Posted by terrib View Post
    ... I do like my plant clamp that allows me to position the flower stem without readjusting the tripod.
    Terri, a very attractive set of photos. I was intrigued by your reference to a plant clamp. Is it something you concocted yourself or is it something you bought?

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    Re: Daylily Details

    Quote Originally Posted by Cantab View Post
    Terri, a very attractive set of photos. I was intrigued by your reference to a plant clamp. Is it something you concocted yourself or is it something you bought?
    It's one of THESE. I bought it at a local place in Colorado Springs. Several online sources have them. One of those little extras we photographers blow our money on. First saw one in a wildflower photo class I took last year.

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    Re: Daylily Details

    Quote Originally Posted by terrib View Post
    It's one of THESE. I bought it at a local place in Colorado Springs. Several online sources have them. One of those little extras we photographers blow our money on. First saw one in a wildflower photo class I took last year.
    Thanks for the info. I"ve printed the webpage from B&H and will add it to my wish list.

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