Macro Extension Tubes

       Recently I purchased a set of Canon EF Fotodiox Extension Tubes from Amazon.  My primary goal for purchasing these was to scan my film negatives.  Then winter came along with all it's trimmings.  My need to create however doesn’t change when the weather does. Below is a simple shot I took with the new Extension Tubes and my 24-70mm F2.8 L series lens. For this image I used the 13mm & 21mm tubes because I still wanted to show some context with the film advance lever and frame counter in my frame. Up till this point I had never made purchasing a Macro lens a priority because I primarily shoot portraits. One of the great things about this kit is that it still allows for auto focusing because of the electrical contacts that allow the lens to communicate with the camera body. I am sure that the results you get from a stand alone macro lens are better but for someone like myself who just needs to take the odd ring shot during a wedding and experiment the rest of the time $79 bucks is a steal. 

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Developing Ilford Delta 400 at Home


                        Since I began to shoot film not long ago I was fascinated by not only the taking of images but also the making of them. Developing film couldn't have been easier yet there is a nervousness that happens as you pour the chemicals over the film and hope that you will see something after all the hard work. After opening the tank and discovering that it worked you can't wait for the film to dry and see what the final images turned out like. Here are just a few images I selected from 2 rolls of Ilford Delta 400 I shot, one just recently and the other I shot almost 3 years ago just waiting for this day. It is hard to judge the grain and sharpness of this Black and white film when it the first and only kind that I have ever shot. I should have a better idea when I shoot the very popular HP5 in the coming month or so. I continue to be fascinated by film because it seems to take me to a different place than digital. It's actually tough to describe other than to say it's quite calming.

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-Camera: Pentax Spotmatic & Canon A-E1 / Lens: Takumar 55 f1.8 & Canon FD 50mm f1.8 / Film: Ilford Delta 400 / Developer: Ilfosol 3  / Scanner: Epson V600