Archive for September, 2010

“Extreme Close-Up”

Posted in Uncategorized on September 19, 2010 by Edmund

I hope this qualifies for a extreme close-up.  Let me know if it doesn’t.  Back in my old film days I used a Close-up Attachment Lens that screwed directly into the front thread of the lens.  This offered a simple, convenient way to increase magnification without affecting exposure control and TTL metering.  Anyway that is why I used  a close- lens vs a true Macro.  Here is a good link on Macro work. 

  http://www.nikonians.org/html/resources/nikon_articles/other/close-up_macro/macro_4.html .  I used my Nikor 35-70mm f/2.8 macro lens with the 5T close-up lens attached, tripod and manual focus.  The late afternoon sun provided some nice, warm side lighting as can be seen. I’m not sure but I think the attachment gave me a 1:1 image and very little cropping was done to this image.  A little on the sides to get rid of another part of a flower and none on the top or bottom.  Also note the ISO used. 

Nikon D90,  2010/09/19 16:36:07
RAW (12-bit),  Lens: 35-70mm F/2.8 D,  Focal Length: 70mm
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority,  Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/20 sec – F/22,  Exposure Comp.: 0 EV,  Sensitivity: ISO 800,
White Balance: Auto,  AF Mode: Manual,                                   
Long Exposure NR: Off
VR Control: Off
High ISO NR: On (Normal)

Advertisements

“Depth of Field”

Posted in Uncategorized on September 18, 2010 by Edmund

I hope you are not getting bored with my vacation images but each one is different.  This was taken at Montauk Point in the same area that I took pictures of the Lighthouse and Footprints.  I had this topic in mind and it is not necessarily the best image but it does convey the message of good DOF.  At 1:1 everything is in acceptable focus.  At 3:1 the boats way out in the ocean are a bit hazy.  I have thirteen focus points in my viewfinder and I picked the bottom center one and then focused on the foreground rocks and held the button half way depressed and then re-composed and released the shutter.  My very simple rule for acceptable  DOF is to pick out my main subject (the fishermen)  then focus on a spot that is roughly one third of the way down toward my foreground.   

 Nikon D90,  2010/08/27 16:53:05
RAW (12-bit),  Lens: 12-24mm F/4 G,  Focal Length: 24mm
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority,  Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/350 sec – F/22,  Exposure Comp.: -1.0 EV,  Sensitivity: ISO 400
White Balance: Auto,  AF Mode: AF-S                                   
Long Exposure NR: Off,  VR Control: Off,  High ISO NR: Off

“Seaside”

Posted in Uncategorized on September 17, 2010 by Edmund

This was taken when I took the shot of the Montauk Point Lighthouse posted the other day.   The beach was very rocky and I walked down aways and found these prints in the fine sand.  It looked interesting and I took a couple of shots liking this one the best.  It reminded me of the prayer “Footprints” 

Nikon D90,  2010/08/27 17:04:04
RAW (12-bit),  Lens: 12-24mm F/4 G,  Focal Length: 24mm
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority,  Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/250 sec – F/22,  Exposure Comp.: -1.0 EV,  Sensitivity: ISO 400
White Balance: Auto,  AF Mode: AF-S,                                   
Long Exposure NR: Off,  VR Control: Off,  High ISO NR: Off

” The Great Outdoors”

Posted in Uncategorized on September 16, 2010 by Edmund

This is my campsite at Cedar Point Campground, East Hampton, NY.  My wife and I and of course my dog  (Honey) were enjoying “The Great  Outdoors” .  We stayed here for two weeks and had a great time.  The only problem I had was a very bad case of “Chiggers”.  For those who do not know what these little monsters are here is a good   link. http://mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/avoid-outdoor-pests/chiggers    You just have to read that link.  My wife also got a few bites but not as bad as I did.  I counted over a hundred bite s mainly on my legs and ankles and a few other places I cannot mention (so said my bride).  I never got a case of “Chiggers”  before  but got them three times in the last five years.  I guess I’m “Chigger” prone.   The weather was great, 90+ every day and the beach was so relaxing and the water cool and refreshing.   My motor home is small by most standards only 26′ long but it enables me to go places where those big bus like monsters cannot make it.  My dog got tired of roughing it and wanted to leave this place after the first week.   I am trying to convince the bride that we go to the “Smoky Mountains”  for two or three weeks in October for the change in colors.  It usually peaks out in the middle to end of October. 

Nikon D90,  2010/08/28 12:51:09
RAW (12-bit),  Lens: VR 18-200mm F/3.5-5.6 G,  Focal Length: 31mm
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority,  Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/350 sec – F/8,  Exposure Comp.: -1.0 EV,  Sensitivity: ISO 400
White Balance: Auto,  AF Mode: AF-S                                   
Long Exposure NR: Off,  VR Control: On,  High ISO NR: Off

“Nautical #2”

Posted in Uncategorized on September 15, 2010 by Edmund

My wife and I went camping at  “Cedar Point” campground located in East Hampton, L.I., NY for a few weeks.  It was the first time we went camping in five years.  Since my Mom is well attended to in the nursing home my wife and I decided to get away for a well deserved break.  It is a rustic campground with no hook-ups only dry camping but my motor home sufficed.  The weather was in the mid nineties every day and overall clear Sky’s.  I took the 1.5 mile hike out to the Lighthouse on this hot, beautiful day.  I have a “Think Tank” back pack and took all my gear less the tripod.  It was just too hot.  The Light house is in disrepair and needs a lot of work as you can see.  There is an Osprey watching every move I make up in the tower on the left side.  As I walked around the Lighthouse he would change his position to keep me in his view.  I hope they collect more money for the project as this place needs a lot of work.http://www.scroope.net/lighthouses/longisland/cedarisland/default.htm

Nikon D90,  2010/08/28 14:23:52
RAW (12-bit),  Lens: VR 18-200mm F/3.5-5.6 G,  Focal Length: 40mm
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority,  Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/250 sec – F/22,  Exposure Comp.: -1.0 EV,  Sensitivity: ISO 400
White Balance: Auto,  AF Mode: AF-S                               
Long Exposure NR: Off,  VR Control: On,  High ISO NR: Off

“Nautical”

Posted in Uncategorized on September 14, 2010 by Edmund

I posted this Lighthouse in last years blog but from a different angle.  This is the Montauk Point Lighthouse located on the eastern tip of Long Island.  This is the oldest lighthouse in New York State.   The Lighthouse was authorized by the Second Congress under President George Washingtonin 1792.  Construction began on June7,1796 and was completed on November 5, 1796.   This historic landmark has been part of Long Island’s land and seascape for over 200 years and still serves as an active aid to navigation. To get to this vantage  point one must hike down a trail from the tall bluffs a half mile or so away.

Nikon D90,  2010/08/27 17:09:03
RAW (12-bit)
Lens: 12-24mm F/4 G,  Focal Length: 22mm
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority,  Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/250 sec – F/22
Exposure Comp.: -1.0 EV,  Sensitivity: ISO 400, 
White Balance: Auto,  AF Mode: AF-S                               
Long Exposure NR: Off
High ISO NR: Off