Category Archives: Photography Gear 2009 – 2010

Honey Bees

Spring has sprung and with it the pollen and allergies that it causes. UGH!! My eyes are so itchy!

The only good thing is that springtime and pollen brings out the Insects and Other Tiny Critters and gives me something new to try to shoot! So I stacked my 70-300mm lens on top of a 36mm extension tube and headed out for a backyard safari.

It didn’t take long to find a critter to shoot. In fact I found a swarm of them! They were all over the trees collecting that pollen from the new spring growth. The ol’ Kansas wind was blowing a bit and the bees were busy but I managed to capture a couple of shots that I felt were worth sharing.


70-300mm lens (set to macro) + 36mm extension tube

1/1250 – f/7.1 – 190mm – ISO 800



Kenko Extension Tube Set for digital

I hope everyone had a great Christmas, I sure did.

I received lots of nice gifts! I know that D, K, and L all seemed to be happy with the gifts that they received. There were games, clothes, shoes, candles, jewelry… a new toaster, a gift certificate for a new plane, Kenko Extension Tubes, there were even a couple new toys for Bella Dog!

Santa was very good to us this year.

Did you notice the new extension tubes on that list??

1/80 - f/1.8 - ISO 1600 - Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II - 2 Kenko Extension Tubes

I thought I’d share a little about my new toys and post a couple of test shots I took with them yesterday. So far – So good! I can see that I will need lots of practice but it will sure make macro shots a lot easier than the hand-held reverse lens technique I was using! This is going to be fun!

Kenko Extension tube Set DG – 3 rings for Canon EOS EF/EFS:

1/160 - f/2.5 - ISO 200 - Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II - 36mm Kenko Extension Tube

These little tubes are cool! The set includes 12mm, 20mm, and 36mm tubes. they have no glass but they do have all the connections to allow your auto focus to continue to work properly.

You attach the tubes, either one at a time or any combination of the three, to your camera body then attach your lens to the tube. I paired them with my nifty-fifty for this first test but I belive you can pair them with any lens.

1/160 - f/2.5 - ISO 200 - Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II - 36mm Kenko Extension Tube

What they do is increase the distance between the lens and the censor allowing you to focus at much closer distances to your subject thus increasing the magnification.

(Ok, anyone who has these tubes please feel free to correct me on anything I may be confused on here.)

This posts includes my test shots with the EXIF info for each, I’m sure I had two tubes stacked up for the eye shot but just can’t remember which two. Sorry about that. The other shots posted were taken with the 36mm tube and my 50mm lens.

1/60 - f/4.0 - ISO 200 - Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II - 36mm Kenko Extension Tube

One thing I already know is that you need lots of light for macro shots. For the eye we were standing directly under the light fixture in the living room which holds 4 compact florescent bulbs. And no that’s not my eye, it’s L’s. You see how shallow the DOF is, I think I may have gotten one lash actually in focus. For the ring, nut, dime, and remote I used a piece of plain white paper on the table and turned on my lights. I moved the lights pretty close to the objects in order to get lots of light in there, and removed the hood from the lens so I didn’t get any shadows from that. I attached the camera to the tripod and used the shutter release cable so I didn’t shake it with each click, and I used no flash but I can see how a ring flash would be very useful for this type of work. With that shallow DOF I can see that it will take a lot of practice to get just the right spot in focus and I’m very glad that the auto focus works, my manual focusing skills really stink!

I’ll post more macro shots another day. Hopefully you will see improvement next time!

1/160 - f/2.2 - ISO 200 - Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II - 36mm Kenko Extension Tube