How Close Can You Go?

We had some cut asiatic lilies, and a bud came off. I looked at it, and said, “What can I do that is a little different?”

I love photographing lilies, but I wanted to try something new. This time I decided to see how close I could get. I stacked all three of my Kenko extension tubes (for a 6X extension tube, 3X + 2X + 1X) behind my 105mm macro lens, put the D70 on a studio tripod, focused the lens as close as possible, and then moved the bud closer to see how close I could go. As you can see, pretty close!

This is the small part of a lily that is in the very center of the flower. By the way, I am not a botanist – so if anyone call me what exactly it is I’d appreciate it. Note: It is the pistil, the delectable female part of the flower. (Thanks to MontanaRaven on Flickr for the info.)

Next stop was to experiment with depth of field. With the camera set on aperture-preferred mode, I tried almost everything betwen f/8 and f/40. This one at about f/32 seemed best to me.

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