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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Look a Little Closer

It is amazing the things that are happening around us all the time, and we never notice.
Next time you are outside, take a really close look at what is happening around your yard.
I had gone out to get some flower photos today and found this lunch scene inside a dogwood bloom.
Could barely see the spider's legs from the ground, so I grabbed a ladder to see what was happening.
These were with the 70-300mm and a +4 close-up lens.

                                                           BON APPÉTIT 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Different Lenses for Different Images

Our Japanese Magnolia is blooming, has been for several weeks. It is almost done now. Last week I spent a bit of the day photographing this magnificent tree.  Most years the tender blooms get hit by cold weather and it doesn't last its full time. This year it did.  I fell in love with these trees years ago, seeing the ones in downtown Macon.  So much more beautiful than the cherry trees.

Anyway, this year I did it right, shot some with about every lens I have, or at least from the extreme long to the extreme wide, and in between.  I started out with the 600mm, getting the nice isolated shot above. That old Nikkor 600 remains so sharp and crisp. Lord knows its a hand-full. I could not hand-hold it in my prime, much less now as an old man.  And I used to roam the sidelines at Atlanta Stadium with that thing on a heavy tripod.

I took a ladder out and climbed up into the tree and shot with various wide angles.  Really like the one here  with my fisheye. You can really see the heart of the bloom and the tree as well.  I stayed on the ladder and tried the 70-300 with a +4 close-up lens for the last shot.  Made some very nice contrast between the different shots with different lenses.

This is a good way to see different views of common, every day subjects, by trying all your different lenses,across the different ranges.  It is a good lesson to shoot them from a distance as well as close as you can focus. Very different results.  Also a good way to learn your lenses.

So, go shoot, have fun and learn.

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