You Don't Have To Travel

What's an easy way to get those creative juices flowing?

Step outside your comfort zone. Do something that you wouldn't normally try. Something that you don't have a lot of experience with.

My father-in-law has recently gotten back into photography, and one of his photographic interests is in shooting macros. Myself, I've never been very intrigued by them. I prefer shooting the bigger picture--landscapes.

A couple of years ago I made a DIY extension tube out of a body cap and a rear lens cap glued together, but I never really played around with it. So yesterday I decided to give it a try. Armed with my macro rig, I hopped over the fence in my backyard and spent about half an hour snapping away. Came back with a few decent shots, and it reminded me that even though it's easy to think those great shots are miles down the road, sometimes there are gems hiding in your own backyard.

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