I recently decided to get back into photography after a long break with no decent camera, and I picked up a D60 this past week. The kit lens seems decent so far, and the VR is nice but I really like macro and plant photography so I picked up one of these: http://forums.bit-tech.net/showthread.php?t=158093 for $100 from amazon (should be here Friday ). I just moved to Seattle for 6 months, and went to this park near my apartment on Sunday to see if I could get some good practice. I don't remember almost any of the technical details I used to know so lots of the photos I took didn't quite come out the way I wanted. I was happy with a few of them shown below though. I was trying to stay away from auto-exposure as it almost invariably doesn't do what I want. 1: Probably should've used a smaller aperture for this one. Too much detail got cut out. It looks better at full resolution though. 2: Someone before me had clearly stacked these rocks by the shore. Unfortunately the boat was in the shot and I didn't notice until later. 3: These two birds allowed me to get within 4ft. of them without flying away so I took the opportunity to get plenty of shots. Unfortunately it was very cloudy and most were blurred a bit. 4 5 More at my flickr for the curious... I'm kinda just putting them out there, but any comments/critiques would be much appreciated. *side note* I noticed that someone in the above thread mentioned they used a macro extension tube with the lens to get nice closeup shots. Is this actually required or is it just a nice-to-have bonus?