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A New Tool for Macro Exploration

Adding the Canon Mt-26EX-RT Macro Twin Lite Flash to My Kit

Aquilegia; canadensis; red; Columbine; macro; 1x;
A 1X magnification of a wild columbine flower.

There are times where I am drawn to practicing macro photography. One of the hurdles has been dealing with the need for flashes. I’ve a Canon MP E Macro 65mm F2/.8 lens that I rarely use as it usually requires me to use flashes to get clear images. In the past I have tried a number of ways for getting flashes into play. Mounting them on tripods, gorilla pods, and I even once modified a flash bracket from my wedding photography days. While the results were good, lugging all that extra gear was a pain.

A few of my earlier attempts at a homemade flash set up for macro shooting.

It’s been a few years since I have purchased a new piece of camera gear. One that I have always wanted was the Canon Mt-26EX-RT Macro Twin Lite Flash. Its flash heads mount directly to the end of my 65mm macro lens, and the main unit is basically the same as my other Canon RT flashes. A very easy integration.

After taking some time to reconfigure how I carry this macro kit I took a leisurely hike at Pleasant Valley Conservancy. I found a few Eastern Red Columbines beginning to bloom. One happened to be right on the trail, one a little rise where I could kneel down with ease. It definitely takes patience as you try to first find the subject, attain focus and then wait for the winds to die so the flower will hold still.

Aquilegia, canadensis, Canadian, Canada, eastern red columbine, wild, columbine,
Aquilegia canadensis (Canadian or Canada columbine, eastern red columbine, or wild columbine) taken with an EOS 7D +70-200mm lens.

It felt so good to just do something so simple yesterday. I’m looking forward to seeing what else I can do with this new flash combined with the 65mm lens and my EOS 5DS R.

See more of my Driftless nature photography via this gallery link.

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