These won’t be first impressions (as I still need to work more on the Series-E zooms) of the Nikon 105mm f/2.8 Micro AI-s. Instead, I’ll just share a few pictures taken recently. All handheld (working on using a tripod more!) with the NEX-7:
For my second entry in an ever-continuing series on what my mind sees in a photograph, rather than what the camera captures, I visualized something special in this “useless” out-of-focus and flat photograph of a stalk of grain:
The near-uniform background and lack of clarity made it perfect to turn into a watercolor painting. At least, to give it that effect after multiple edits:
A short post today, I know, and it has been a while since my last one. Rest assured, I have only been busy, but have many photos to share with you all (and am still working on the 300mm review). The above photographs were taken with a new (old) lens, the Nikon 105mm Micro-Nikkor f/2.8 AI-s.
It’s a killer optic. More to come from that later.
Thanks for dropping by guys and gals.
…and all I got was this lousy photo.
Well…that is the short story anyway.
Longer story: I have always wanted to try to capture lightning in a photo, and a surprise (very severe) thunderstorm popped on the radar last night. I took my camera, tripod, remote, and rushed out the door to a nearby field (not a barren one though). I was expecting one of those slow-moving normal summer storms that produce a few good cloud-to-ground strikes. Those would typically give me about a 2 minute lead-time to run inside before the rain hit, such as being able to hear/see the rain in the distance.
This was not that storm.
About 2 minutes after this photograph was taken, which was lit up only by multiple cloud-to-cloud strikes, the skies completely opened up. I ran to a nearby awning and buckled-down for the long haul. Any attempts to get more photos were dashed when the rain was consistently blown sideways into the awning as well as strikes occurring solely within the clouds . Winds gusted at around 70 mph, and there were about two cloud-to-cloud strikes every second, for a good twenty minutes straight.
Thunder boomed, skies flashed, and an almost-wet camera later, I now know to pick my storms a little more carefully, and to have a better failsafe than a 6 foot wide awning.
Learning every day. Maybe I’ll get another chance before summer’s end. Have a great one guys.
In an effort to inject a little creativity into my samples at the end of the 135mm f/2.8 Series-E review, I took it upon myself to do a solo photo-walk around town. Granted, my town isn’t exactly a great place for street photography, as “downtown” consists of about three blocks. Outside of that, suburbia. I figured this might present a great challenge, and I’m very glad I stood up to it. In addition to getting some great shots for the review (and this post), I ran into a photographer named Butch. With him were a few other photographers, part of the Central Kentucky Photo Group, a local internet-connected photo meet-up community. An organization like this is EXACTLY what I have been looking for, as I have always wanted to go on group photo walks in big(ger) cities in my state to give real street photography a try.
Prompted by Nick Mayo’s new collaboration project (you should really join in on the community if you haven’t already), I took to the country over the weekend to attempt to capture fireflies at night. No, not in a jar, that’s kids stuff. I’m talking about 30-90 second exposures to get organic light trails from our little lightning bug friends. This adventure, with a fellow friend (also named Matthew) as my second pair of eyes, turned into getting many more shots that I’ll share with you below.
These captures were not exactly a walk in the park. Since the NEX-7′s EVF essentially goes black in low light–where here it was almost completely dark–all of the country shots were done blind, focusing and all. If it wasn’t for the hard infinity stop on my 50mm f/1.8′s focus ring, finding general focus would be next to impossible. This is indeed one of the few areas where an optical viewfinder will always be better than an EVF, but that’s a topic for another day.
And a note to myself, I need to get a remote for tripod shots so I don’t have to actually HOLD the shutter open for a minute and a half in bulb mode!
In this shot since I held the shutter open for 90 seconds, the landscape is blurred due to camera shake, yet the fireflies still remain as point sources of light, interestingly enough. Due to the short panoramic nature of this shot, it’s best seen full-size (click on it!).
As promised, seen below is a set of four of my favorite “general” photos I have taken over the past month with my NEX-7 (and various lenses). No formal write-up here, just some good ‘ole pictures to enjoy. To see each picture full size, you’re just click away.
A little bit of street photography:
Pepper that in with a nice old tree landscape:
A nice plum-tree outcrop with a sunset bokeh (white balance altered for this shot). Focus point on the left of the frame.
And finally, to leave you all, a long-exposure shot at night with a monopod focused on a girl practicing Poi with LED lights. Would’ve have done a little better with a tripod, but hey, can’t have everything.
That’s all for this post folks, thanks for looking. If you want to be updated on future posts from this blog, please follow me, or sign up for e-mail notifications. And as always, have a great day.