Flowers in Macro/Indiana Photographer

Last night I chose to edit for me, my own personal photographs. On Wednesday, I received my new lens via UPS. I just love that guy…he always brings such nice items when he comes. I’ve been trying to decide what my next lens should be. Up until Wednesday, I only had the 18-55, 55-200 and my wonderful nifty fifty 50 1.4mm. I really never took off the 50mm lens because I love the sharpness. I hated using either of the other two lenses because it didn’t offer a full zoom. Anyway, I though about buying the 18-200mm lens from B&H and was just about ready to push the buy button when one of my fellow photographers pointed out that I wouldn’t be getting the quality out of that lens that I’m getting from the 50mm. That really did stop me in my tracks. So, I looked at another lens that I was eyeing, the Sigma 17-70mm 2.8-4.5 lens for Nikon. It offers a wide shot at 2.8 (good light). I was really honest and asked myself, ‘how often do I really need to zoom in?’. I’m always needing to move back to get a subject’s entire body in the frame. So, anyway, I bought the Sigma and am very excited about it. It’s also a macro lens? I don’t know that it’s a true macro lens, but you can get pretty darn close to the flowers.

Here is a link to the lens at B&H.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/514741-REG/Sigma_689_306_17_70mm_f_2_8_4_5_DC_Macro.html

Testing new lens

Now I’m not buying this lens…just renting for the wedding on Saturday. It’s a church that doesn’t allow flash photography so I wanted to make sure that I had the best lens possible for that type of setting. I went to BorrowedLenses.com to rent the Tamron 70-200mm 2.8 lens. This lens is a monster lens. I had no idea that the lens was so massive. I’m not sure, and I have an email out but the lens won’t autofocus. Of course it’s supposed to. I just wonder if my Nikon D90 isn’t the right “make” (for lack of a better word) and therefore won’t support the autofocus feature. I hope the it does and the solution is simple because I’m not sure I can trust my eyes for tack sharp photos. You’ll also notice in the images I took that the sharpness in some areas are spotty.  I wonder if anyone knows if this is normal. I am waiting on an e-mail back from borrowed lenses.

 

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Golden Morning

The other morning I was going through my normal routine of getting ready for work when I noticed the wonderful sunrise and the light that is was casting on the trees. So, of course, I got my camera and went outside for a few moments. In the last image, I just LOVE the contrast of the sky and the sunlight. In the other shots, I went into the field across from my street and got down really low to the ground. What I love about the D90 is the live preview on it. I was able to switch from the view finder to seeing the shot in the LCD screen. I don’t use that option all that much, but it saved me from having to lay in the dirt to get those shots. 😀

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My study today of selective light

I call it selective only for the simple reason that this was light that was shining through the trees on random plants. I was off today and both girls were in school/daycare, I decided to look around the area of my house for things to photograph. When I walked across the street to the field, I noticed how some stray rays of light were almost spotlighting the milo stalk. (I think it’s milo, so if it’s not, feel free to correct me.)

That got me thinking about doing a little series of photographs all with this selective light. I used Pioneer Woman’s boost action in only a few of the photos. I tried to keep them all true to life only using a slight levels adjustment or bumping up the contrast a smidge. I shot in ISO 400. Some may not be tack sharp, but that is okay for me.

Pears

Pears

I love the sun rays in the upper left of the image!

I love the sun rays in the upper left of the image!

Sunflowers

I love taking little walks with my youngest, E. We call it going on an adventure. Lately, it’s called a photographers adventure. She’ll see something that catches her eye and ask for the camera and when I give it to her, she’ll take the picture and give the camera back to me because, “it’s too heavy momma”. I love that girl. My oldest is really into photography as well. I think she is going to be on the yearbook at school. I hope so, she takes very good pictures. I’ll have to do a post one day of her photographs.

Anyway, one day when E and I were walking we saw some sunflowers. I just love the way they pop against the blue sky.

Flowers, moths, and bees

Happy Friday!!!

I know quite the combination. Today I thought I would post something other than people. Give me and everyone else a break. LOL

Last year when I was still using the Kodak Z650, I saw in my lavendar bush this huge bee looking thing. I thought maybe a bee had mutated or something. I mean it was huge! Anyway, after much research I found out that my “bee” was actually a hummingbird moth. This year I saw one on my butterfly bush. I was really excited at trying to capture it again this time using my Nikon D40x. I forgot to set my ISO back down to 200……that is why it looks a little grainy. I was pretty excited though when I looked closely at the picture and could see the “tounge” reaching out for nectar/pollen whatever it is they drink.