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“Radiant” (Apricot Tulip) Nikon D300, 105mm F/2.8G Macro with 3-ring Extension Tube Set, F/8, 1/100s, ISO 400

Okay, so the extension tubes have really opened up a whole new level of macro photography for me. Just look at the details of the center of this tulip!  

Here we can actually see the pollen dust – amazing! And not sure if this will come across on the web (so you’ll have to trust me on this) but, the very tips of the stamens are a lovely violet color. Who knew? 

I fear this could become addictive very easily so someone better find me a 12-step program! 😀



  1. 😀
    Now… do I take the blame for your new addiction, or the credit? 😉
    Did you use all three extension tubes for this? It’s beautiful!

    • Oh, you are so to blame!! Will you be my sponsor?

      Yep, all three. Why use less?? (I take my addictions very seriously!)

      Thanks, M! 🙂

      • Ha! Sponsoring you would just turn into fighting you for the ext, tube macro subjects! 😉
        I can’t use all three of mine on my 60mm … won’t be able to focus. I can only use them individually, or the shorter one with ONE of the longer ones.

      • You’re probably right! (“Hey, that’s MY raindrop, you go get your own!!! “) lol!

        I haven’t run into issues yet with the tubes but I’ve only really played with the 105mm lens. I’m sure I will run into the same thing at some point.

  2. That colour is truly amazing, and if extension tubes help that much with the details, then I may have to invest in a few to boost my macro… Superb shot Tracy…

    • It was one pretty spectacular tulip to begin with and the way it was being lit by the sun was really nice.

      The extension tubes just let you get that close. Then, the camera does all the rest and the D300 is pretty sweet! 🙂

      Thank you, Brain!

  3. It’s like the sun turned into a flower! I love the colors and foreground texture!

    • Exactly!! (You’ve no idea how long it took me to come up with that image name!)

      Thanks, Sean! 🙂

  4. Oh, yes….extension tubes are quite the fabulous little tools, aren’t they? 🙂 I really like the angle you used on this one though. More proof that it is still the photographer with the vision who does the work. 😉

    • Aw, thanks so very much! 🙂

      I am just learning but yes, I never really gave the tubes their due credit! Silly me!

  5. HAHA !!!! It looks amazing – i would not send you to a 12 step program with shots like this !!!!!!!! Great JOB!!!!

    • Thank you, Melanie! Sooo I guess that would make you an enabler – lol! 🙂

  6. Gorgeous and amazing. Such beautiful detail and color. I think this is a good kind of addiction 😉 lol

    • Thanks, Amber!

      Sooo, another enabler! You guys aren’t helping! 🙂

  7. Yep, you’re addicted, but I am fine with that.

    • Ha! So I need to add your name to the enabler list, too?? You know that will only mean more macro shots (I really hope the bugs don’t mind showing their butts!)

      Thanks, FJ!

  8. I just LOVE these colors! Wonderfull!

  9. heh…your addiction is our pleasure.

  10. Beautiful shot, Tracy. I love the colors and how you can see the pollen dust.


  11. Hokay … Rupe didn’t read the caption. He just delved into the photo … and this is what he saw:

    A strangely shaped piece of popcorn about to be swallowed by tendrils of weirdly pecans coming up from the depths of variegated orange juice without pulp.

    Rupe knows …. Rupe knows: It might be medication time.


    • lol. Sounds like you already took your, ahem, ‘meds’ and are experiencing a snack-attack!! 😉

      I’ve missed ya, Rupe!

      Thanks! 🙂

      • *swoon*

        Life has been getting in the way of all …..

  12. WOW! That is just amazing! I can easily see how you are becoming addicted!

    • Thank you, Lisa! These tubes so accutely feed into my need for detail!! 🙂

  13. definitely see those tiny violet pops. really cool! what an awesome gradient from the lighter to darker orange.

    • Well, Stephen, your vision then is most excellent! 🙂

      It’s a good thing I photographed it yesterday as I’m sure today’s rain has most certainly destroyed it!


  14. Okay this is an OMG shot, love the macro and the colors so sharp. I don’t do as many macros, I don’t have an extension tube, I do have the 105 micro nikkor lens so, I should really try to do more of it but I quite enjoy looking at photos like this. 🙂

    • Thank you, Consuelo! You are very sweet! 🙂

      The 105mm does wonderful macros! Takes some getting used to (did for me anyways) and I highly recommend using a tripod and manual focus. When I take the time to set up the shot this way, I get much sharper results!

  15. This is a real Beauty ! What amazing details you have captured there. I love looking at your photos and learning from them. Thanks 🙂

    • Thank you, Isa! I LOVE the details that Mother Nature puts into all her work! From the flowers to the tiniest insect. So sad that most of the world totally misses it…

      (Aw, you’re welcome!) 🙂

  16. I think I may be coming up to the part of your archives where I started commenting! I’ve now seen both your and Danielle’s testimonial to the awesomeness of extension tubes. Since they are relatively inexpensive, these may be my first accessory purchase for the camera.

    • Woo hoo! 🙂

      If I may, when you shop for said extension tubes, look carefully at them. I know I have the kind where I can stack them and use all three together to get in really, really close, whereas Michaela has a set where she cannot do that.

      Do you have a tripod? If not, that may be the first accessory to buy. It really helps in macro photography!

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