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Goin' Deep

Posted by
Barbara Kile (Ft. Worth, United States) on 1 October 2009 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

I got out not only the macro lens, but a 12 mm extension tube, and a 500D closeup lens and used all three to get inside this gladiolus. I'm always intrigued by the details inside a flower.

NIKON D300 5/2 seconds F/32.0 ISO 200 157 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Zing from Hamilton, New Zealand

So beautiful, lovely pink!

1 Oct 2009 7:04am

heidee from manila, Philippines

very interesting in deed! superb subject and macro barbara..=)
inspired me so much...thank you. ^_^

1 Oct 2009 7:31am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

you brought out the Lovely soft colour of this flower... by going deep :). Love the title.

1 Oct 2009 8:26am

Anina from Auckland, New Zealand

WOW!!! It was worth getting out all those lenses :) This is an amazing shot! I love the detail and tones.

1 Oct 2009 9:58am

@Anina: Thank you, Anina!

Eldiablo from over the rainbow, Monaco

wow I love this world !!!!

1 Oct 2009 10:29am

@Eldiablo: Yes, awesome isn't it? Thanks!

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Wonderful colour combinations in this very good macro.

1 Oct 2009 10:40am

Tomas Turecek from Czech Republic

The colours are very nice in this and the composition is also good. It seems that you had fund with the lens, tube and diopter :) I like the cleanness and crispy sharpness. I'm not sure if you planned to have the petal edge in top right corner in the photo but it draws my eyes a bit. I think that gladiolas are quite difficult for macro shots mainly because of small mostly closed blossoms and also because of crystal like structure of petal leaves that breaks light and doesn't look appealing to me. Anyway you did a great job here managing all 3 magnifying tools and achieving such an image. Isn't it nice to have all those possibilities how to take a particular shot?

1 Oct 2009 12:13pm

@Tomas Turecek: Yes, indeed! Thanks, Tomas.

Theys from Charleroi, Belgium

This very good macro,belle couleur et tonalité,bravo encore Barbara !

1 Oct 2009 1:48pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Beautiful macro.

1 Oct 2009 1:52pm

Dawn from Maryland, United States

Beautiful macro shot! They look like little sugar crystals on the petal. Delicious!! : )

1 Oct 2009 1:57pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Beautiful macro . Colors are fantastic !

1 Oct 2009 2:50pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Wow, quite a combo. Have never tried the 500D with a macro lens, but I always have it along for my other lenses; I find it to be amazing. The colors in this shot are gorgeous. I am always impressed by the amount of time and work you put into an individual photograph.

1 Oct 2009 2:53pm

@john4jack: All my filters, including the 500D are 77 mm, so I use step rings to fit every lens I might use. I use a series of step rings from 52 mm to 77 mm for the macro lens. Cheaper than buying more filters! Thanks for the nice comment!

Betty from Phillipsburg, United States

This one took my breath away as it downloaded! The color is gorgeous, and so are the details. Whatever you used, it worked!

1 Oct 2009 3:58pm

@Betty: The depth of field was very shallow here, so these can be a challenge. Thanks, Betty!

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

Wonderful...looks like you also got out the glitter pot and gave this one a dusting.
Love getting an inside view like this!!!!

1 Oct 2009 4:40pm

Bishop from Houston, United States

So beautiful! You MUST write a blog to explain your technique!

1 Oct 2009 6:16pm

@Bishop: It's probably more equipment than technique, Bishop. :-) Extension tubes are cheap, and you do need a macro. (And tripod!) These can also be done with a long f/2.8 lens with an extension tube and 500D as well. The 500D is a close up 'diopter.' The one I use is a Canon, but Nikon makes them as well. Tell me what lenses you have and I can advise better I'm sure. Thanks for stopping by!

laur from Clermont-Ferrand, France

It is simply beautiful !

1 Oct 2009 7:49pm

Marie from FRESNES, France

beaucoup de douceur, c'est magnifique !

1 Oct 2009 7:49pm

Veronelle from Lens, France

woua, excellent macro and treatment

1 Oct 2009 8:00pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

simply beautiful !!!
five stars !
kiss !

1 Oct 2009 8:43pm

susan from United States

Wonderful work Barbara.....you got a gorgeous result here........i need to look into that 500d filter.......one more thing to put on the wish list.....

1 Oct 2009 9:40pm

@susan: Yeah, the list never ends...... :-) The Canon and Nikon close up lenses like the 500D are great pieces of glass and give you close up at a decent price! Thanks Susan for the comments!

susan from United States

PS - I just LOVE the color here too!!

1 Oct 2009 9:40pm

ryse from bordeaux, France

Que de douceur dans cette splendide image. Bravo

1 Oct 2009 9:54pm

Fred from Manila, Philippines

Wow! This is...wow! reallly! great shot! lovely colors barbara! Impressive!

1 Oct 2009 10:15pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States


1 Oct 2009 11:34pm

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Gorgeious details, colors, composition, and light. I have a close up lens on my wish list.

1 Oct 2009 11:35pm

@Anita: Yeah, gotta always have something on that wish list! Thanks!

LCImagery from Oregon, United States

Your floral are a joy to view, this one is no exception! Absolutely stunning..

2 Oct 2009 2:40am

@LCImagery: Many thanks!

Shar from Regina, SK, Canada

Spectacular! Stunning! Breathtaking!

2 Oct 2009 3:44am

Steve from Camdenton, United States

Beautiful detail captured in this shot...very well done!

2 Oct 2009 5:47am

Bishop from Houston, United States

No, you're not going to get off that easy! :) This pic may be just extension tubes and macro lenses but your other flower shots with your texture techniques are just gorgeous... those are the ones I want to know about!
As far as my equipment is concerned, I just use a point and shoot Panasonic DMC-FZ28, no DSLR for me - too poor to splurge on one - for now!

2 Oct 2009 2:02pm

@Bishop: No problem, Bishop. It starts with a good flower portrait on a simple or white background with even lighting. (poster board, fabric, etc) Then, you need an understanding of layers in PS and some simple texture images to bring in. I'll message you if you want more info. You can do this!

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Stunning! Love those subtle colors.

2 Oct 2009 2:45pm

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

This is amazing - it's almost like looking through a microscope - awesome detail and the colors and textures are great!

3 Oct 2009 5:25am

Bill Laing from Corvallis, OR, United States

Extraordinary color and composition!

3 Oct 2009 6:12am

Ina from Reutlingen, Germany

I can only say: fantastic photo with soft colors: wonderful! Wow!
Greats Ina

3 Oct 2009 3:14pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Right to the heart Barbara! This is amazing!

3 Oct 2009 6:24pm

Luc from Montréal, Canada


This is a very nice photo.


3 Oct 2009 6:34pm

Pierre from Mâcon, France

Great macro and colors

3 Oct 2009 9:12pm

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

Das ist ein perfektes Foto, kann man nichts verbessern. Auch die anderen in dem Portfolio sind gut.
Gruß Heinz

4 Oct 2009 5:02pm

Jean-Louis from Nîmes, France

Couleurs magnifiques et une très belle photo !!

4 Oct 2009 6:53pm

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

Simply stunning!!!! well done!!! enjoy your day

4 Oct 2009 6:57pm

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Thank you everyone for your comments! I appreciate you all visiting!

4 Oct 2009 8:03pm

Lee from Fort Frances Ontario, Canada

To use yours words, Ooooooooo. I am amazed at the pastel colours of the background. A set of extension tubes is definately on my needss list. Thank you for the narrative. I am now convinced.

5 Oct 2009 2:59am

@Lee: Thanks, Lee, and enjoy your new toy when you get it! :)

Sandrine from Cincinnati, United States

So pure, delicate and beautiful!

6 Oct 2009 11:03am

@Sandrine: Thank you, Sandrine!

Marilla from Turku, Finland

What a charming piece of art!

6 Oct 2009 3:35pm

@Marilla: Thanks for visiting and commenting, Marilla!

Ron from Saint Louis, United States

Luscious ...

6 Oct 2009 9:08pm

@Ron: Thanks, Ron!

Barbara from Florida, United States

Remarkable macro. Love the softness in colors and clarity in detail. Appreciate your list of lenses. I have the extension tubes, macro lens is on my list to get, will look into more infor on the 500D.
Your photography is splendid.

10 Oct 2009 3:23pm

@Barbara: Thanks, Barbara and good luck with your close ups!

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Beautiful macro shot Barbara, it has turned out really well.

12 Oct 2009 4:57pm

@Curly: Thank you, Curly!

/\/\ ! /\/ /\ from Tehran, Iran

breath-taking macro.....

15 Oct 2009 12:42pm

@/\/\ ! /\/ /\: Thank you very much.

Zion from Engins - 38, France

Quelle douceur ! Une belle image !

16 Nov 2009 6:22pm

@Zion: Appreciate your stopping by - thanks!

5/2 seconds
ISO 200
157 mm (35mm equiv.)