The High Five Inside

Sunday morning.  I’m at Washington Park.  The tulips have just started blooming.

In two weeks, every photographer and shutterbug worth his or her salt will be all over these flower beds, looking for that great photo.

I didn’t feel like waiting two weeks.

Besides, I wanted to test out some extension tubes – metal rings that go between your camera body and your camera lens to act as image enlargers… or something like that.  And I didn’t want to test this theory out in front of dozens of other people who wanted the same photos I did.

Sunday morning.  Here’s a grove of red-yellow tulips.  Perfect.  Just what I want.

Okay, Chuck… you know the rule of Washington Park tulip photography.

Get on the ground, son.

No.

All the way on the ground, son.  Chest to the dirt.

Aim upwards.  Not to the sun, but at least at an angle.

Ooh, the shadows on this tulip’s interior petals looks as if two people are giving each other a high-five.

Can’t waste this shot.

And…

The High Five Inside.  Nikon Df camera, Nikkor 55mm f/1.2 lens with extension tube.  Photo by Chuck Miller.
The High Five Inside. Nikon Df camera, Nikkor 55mm f/1.2 lens with extension tube. Photo by Chuck Miller.

It’s in there.  You can see it.  Right?

Of course, now I have another issue on my hands…

This “short pile” for 2016 is getting MIGHTY crowded…

But at least I know that this extension tube thing works.

And if I don’t enter this picture in competition…

It’s only because I came up with a better shot along the way.  For sure.