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Two think have arrived the Lupins and my Nikon.
The Nikon is now all fit to take pictures and what better to try it out on than some flowers in the bottom field.
The lupins are here about a month early. Every year in Nova Scotia they seem to bloom sooner and sooner so maybe it is an anecdotal evidence for Global warming or just an anomaly. Lupins in Nova Scotia re weeds, weed in a sense they are everywhere. While some places have their dandelions we have our lupins , that is not to say we don’t have dandelions just that we had lupins. Unlike dandelions my wife cultivates and encourages these beauties in the lower field.
My problem with lupins is that I have taken may image of them and some very dynamic but I have never taken and image of them that I am totally satisfied with. The great thing about photography is there is always something to strive for.
Lupin and Friend?
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I got my D300 back from Nikon and all is good. Not only did they fix the bad, but also they cleaned the sensor and did an over all cleaning of the camera. The great news is that Nikon came in way under the estimate. I am now a happy camper again as the camera feels and behaves as if it were brand new.
I have had a bit of a bad go of it lately, not the least being that I have damaged my Nikon D300 and it is in the shop. The cost of repair puts me in that, “have to make a decision” zone. Should I buy a new camera or should I repair it? It is a good camera and has done me well so it is getting repaired.
In the meantime I’m using my backup camera, the µ4/3. The Panasonic is an excellent camera but it has its limitation. One I am told is that it is not the best camera for macro photography. Today I needed/wanted some close up of flowers so I felt a little insecure at the task at hand. I took my GF1 with a mild telephoto lens on it and a collection of Diopter Lenses. Again Diopter lens are looked down on as not being good for macrophotography. None of these images are cropped, therefore what you see is what you get.
The disadvantage of the diopters is that you have to get within the focus zone or you will have troubles. Because of this you are moving your body in and out until the focus is close and then you can use the automatic focus. Also diopters are suppose to be soft around the edges but the flowers are more or less in the centre of the image so that is not a real problem.
The disadvantage of my camera is it doesn’t have an EVF so composition and focus are both a bit of hit and miss happening. Because digital is cheap you can shoot a lot of images to compensate for this down fall. To get these four images I did shoot 16 frames.
The great advantage of the µ43 is that DOF is excessive and that is a good thing to have in macro photography.
The final conclusion is that while the µ4/3 is not the absolute best for macro photography it is not all as bad as some make it out to be. So best not to listen to people and just get out and shoot image and see what happens.
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Isn this a wonderful way to augment a lawn? When the spring comes these beautiful phlox first bloom and once they die out you are left with a lawn. And if you don’t like to cut grass I am told you can plant thyme instead of grass amongst the phlox.
Ten days ago I stood on this very spot but shot an image 90˚ to my right. At that time the lawn was just starting to green up and there were no flowers. Yesterday as sped by on a ‘mission’ I noticed this colourful lawn. Today Doreen and I were out and about doing chores. After we were done we stopped for coffee and then I took the long way home so I could show her this lawn and grab a few shots. I wanted the contrast between the house and the phlox, Doreen excluded the house and captured a second forsythia bush to the far right.
The lessons behind this picture is very simple. Just because you have been to an area don’t fool yourself in to thinking you have exhausted all it has to offer. Also there is often more than one way to seen a scene.
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I photograph almost everything and any thing.
Today, after a long winter, will be the first lawn cutting of the season. The grass is a bit wild to say the least so what a great time to get that wild uncut grass shot. So I went out to get some shots of the lawn and some of the shots were to be some close ups. This required me to lay down on my belly and shoot from a prone position. I was still as a mouse and deep into thought when I hear a car squeal to a stop. A stranger jumped out and ran to my help, gasping, panting, and shouting, “You all right buddy, do you need help, do you want me to call an ambulance?” He was a bit embarrassed when he saw me with a camera, I eased his suffering by thanking him profusely for his care.
You know you live in a pretty good world when perfect strangers are looking out for you!