Some of you may have noticed that a new lens has crept into my kit bag a bit like the eight legged creatures I have been photographing with it.
Everyone say hello to the Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG MACRO. As I have had this for a bit over a month now I can say that I am very happy with it! It is a big improvement over the Nikon 35-70mm f2.8's micro mode with a far better reproduction ratio of 1:1 (over 1:4 on the Nikkor) and allot more working distance.
Frustratingly I don't have any CR123 batteries at the moment so I cannot use the SB-R1 speedlight kit that is designed for it! A hand held SB800 is sufficing for now but I am very much looking forward to making the most of this lens.
I have always admired microphotgraphy from afar so am very excited to be delving into this area.
This is another good opportunity to thank everyone who has been supporting me with
s and complementary comments. You are all so very generous and i wish I could thank you all individually but time and dA's spam restrictions make that somewhat prohibitive. So thank you. Your messages and this community as a whole is what keeps dA great!
Oh I just had a look for on older Chinook image that I wanted to have a go at editing and spotted a folder full of good stuff I haven't shared. So its not all bugs and beetles coming up!
I was walking the dog and choaking on a fly at the time so forgive me if this is utter rubbish but I think I spotted a V22 Osprey flying into Conningsby at about 2000hrs last night.
I didn't know there were any of these in the UK and wondered if anyone else new what this deployment was for.
Just a quick note to share what I know. I'd best go to work now. I'll write something more meaningful another day
Another big day of eBaying seem the old Nikon F90x
, Nikon F80
, a Manfrotto tripod
and the entire Praktica kit
going on sale.
There is also another large Praktica EE2 kit
and a Canon AE-1 Program with 50mm f1.8 lens
Photographing all of this kit was fun, making the most of the new Nikon 50mm Af-D f1.4 that has arrived to take the place of the outgoing Nikkor 50mm f1.8 AF-D is on Ebay
(auction finishes tomorrow) although I didn't get to go crazy with that huge aperture as dreamy, soft photographs don't really work on adverts.
There is a roll of film still in the F80 so I have been snapping them off when I get the chance. I'm going to miss those on demand grid lines and that super quiet shutter. Oh well at least I get a nice wide 50 to play with in its place
Just a quick update to let you know my Nikkor 50mm f1.8 AF-D is on Ebay
. I need the money for a new piece of kit so this and some others will have to go.
I will share links to them when I get them on auction but suffice to say there will be a few nice bits of camera equipment going on sale soon!.
Well busy times can bring out some interesting things as i try to find distractions from the work I aught to be doing.
The primary task; Decoration my house, has been playing second fiddle today to a huge journal for Everything-Nikon
. Other distractions came in the form of a trawl though my hard drive for more CH47 photographs as in my urge not to spam people with very similar photographs over the years I have totally forgotten to submit them later on. Hence a few jems may well be making it into my gallery over the next few weeks.
More old hat is now in my kit bag in the shape of another F90x. Those familiar with my recent upload getting inside the problem
will already know I had purchased a new F90x with data back to replace my "poorly" current frame. So here she is in her debut to the world.
After barraging you with wedding photographs as the display season wound down I have since found myself uploading new and somewhat exclusive photographs of new and interesting aviation. Never one to conform I hope this has given you something interesting to look at during these more and more wintery nights.
I should be moving into my first ever bought and paid for house (when I say this I mean the bank paid for it) next week so exciting times for me. I have already been scoping interesting subjects near my new house for photography and no doubt in the coming years I will be inundating deviant art with them for your viewing pleasure.
These aside I have no short term plans for any photo shoots so an amount of playing it by ear will continue.
Thanks should be sent out to everyone who has
ed and viewed my art over the last couple of months. I have tried to get thank you messages sent out but the shear quantity of them is such that I cannot respond to them all. I am very grateful for all of your time and appreciate you letting me know you enjoyed my photographs. I'm sorry if you didn't get a personal thank you so please accept a huge blanket thank you form me now!
Well I have been a busy boy the last few months. On top of the move to a new work place in June with all the upheaval that brings, I have also done my second wedding. This one was very different to my last one with far less planning it had a very different feel. None the less it was very successful helped substantially by having a second photographer with me aptly named Slick. This allowed us to take riskier photographs knowing that if you buggered it up, the other chap will have a good photograph. So result is some great photographs!
These will be shared shortly but this did highlight I had not shared any photographs from my first full wedding shoot. So this will be happening shortly. I probably should get the current wedding photographs to the happy couple first though!
Have you ever placed a minimal bid on an item on eBay, like you think "wouldn't it be funny if I won this" and then you do?
I just did that and it arrived today
I only wanted a commander module but ended up getting this complete SB-R1 close up kit for well under price and it has clearly been used only a hand full of times at the most.
The box it came in was huge, a surprise when you think what it actually is. However I was further surprised when the rather large gold box came out of all that bubble wrap and sticky tape. I was then left delving through all the little pouches and manuals on the top shelf till I came to the large soft case. All individually segmented it holds a huge array of adapters, filters, hoods and screens. That's before you drag out the slave units themselves and their R1C1 close up commander, all individually plastic wrapped.
I had no idea there was so much to this kit and am very excited to test it all out as soon as possible. At first I was annoyed I had spend money that was better needed else where but now all I want to do is run outside with my camera and chase bugs all day