106/365 Eider macro


Today’s image is of a close up of a female Eider duck. This is one example where you can use a super telephoto in place of a macro lens. I’d noticed this Eider duck sleeping so decided rather than to shoot a standard portrait with my 500mm I would try and get as close as possible and fill the frame. In order to this, I had to put a 25mm extension tube between my lens and camera to reduce the minimum focus distance of the lens. What results is a frame filling abstract image of a sleeping bird.

Eider, Somateria mollissima, Gloucestershire, June, 2008.
Canon 40D with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens and Canon 25mm extension tube.