This is another attempt to master ultra-macro photography, using a very wide angle lens (18-24 mm zoom) and an extension tube. I got up close and personal with a newly emerging yellow lantana flower cluster using available light, on a very breezy day that added its own challenges. The advantage of this technique is an expanded depth of field of only mildly blurred background, but the disadvantage is that you have to get so close to the subject that you actually block much of the light. The nearest floret in the foreground was only a few mm in front of the UV filter. The depth of field of crisp focus is also only a few mm. I will continue to experiment occasionally with this to try to perfect my technique. _____________________________________Gary Holmes, photographer: I am an opportunist photographer of nature, landscapes, abstract, and other found objects of interest. I prefer to capture the spontaneity of things and events as they are occurring, and rarely photograph staged subjects other than portraits. Although I have been a photographer for decades, I have only started posting them for others to see since about September 2012. Please see my largest collection of photographs posted at http://500px.com/holmesidepi. I had sufficient encouragement from posts on other sites to try putting some up for sale on Fine Art America (FAA), which offers a wide range of printing and mounting options not currently available on 500px. As a result, I have successfully sold some of my works. Unfortunately, photography is not my primary field, and I have limited time to expand my online presence, but I will continue to steadily post more of my best works on 500px and/or FAA every week. Please revisit my sites periodically. If you love, like, respect, admire, or even feel somewhat favorably inclined toward any of my works, please vote, vote+fave, and/or offer gently constructive criticism or suggestions. Votes and faves are important to me and help me understand what

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