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Yesterday while hiking the Dorn Trail in Clear Lake, CA I saw this wildflower called Hounds Tongue. It’s named for its broad leaves which you can’t see here. To get this macro view I used 3 extensions tubes; the Kenko

36mm, 20mm, and 12mm with my Nikkor 50mm f1.8 prime lens. It took some patience to get the focus lined up. The depth of field is really shallow even using all 3 tubes, and stopping down to f11. I really think I need a focusing rail.

I’d like to get one that doesn’t break the bank since I really only do macro photography in the Spring and Summer when flowers are abundant.  Are you using a focusing rail? Recommendations are welcome!

Nikon D700| Nikkor 50mm w/ Kenko extension Tubes| f11| 1/4 sec| ISO 200| Manual mode & focus| Tripod- I think I used flash too on this shot.





  1. Very lovely work! 🙂

  2. real nice image Deb

    • Hey Barry, I’m so sorry! I didn’t see this comment until now. Thank you so much! Hope you’re doing alright.

  3. Super shot Debs love this blog of yours keep up the good work

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