PCI2 – More Iris

•October 22, 2010 • 2 Comments

Nikon D90, 18-105mm zoom lens f/5.6, shutter 1/320,  focal length 105mm, ISO 400, Exposure setting ‘Cloudy’
Cropped slightly.

Another of the Pacific Coast Iris from the Tempo Two seed.  I love Iris season. Nothing really special about this shot. To me there is, because it is an Iris… The colour is pretty much accurate to the actual flower, which is what I like best about it. And I seem to have trouble with whites and yellows and lighter colours. Nine times out of ten they come out all washed out or I just can’t get the exposure right and they just glare, especially with whites…


The Batman Birthday

•October 18, 2010 • Leave a Comment

A friend asked me to take photos of her son’s birthday party on the weekend. No one has ever asked me to take photos for them before, especially at a party, where you get one shot at it. I am used to taking photos of stationary objects, that don’t run and jump about. Flowers are great subjects, they stay in the one place and don’t make life hard!

Anyway, I did some googling on taking photos at kids partys and got a few tips. The thing I wasn’t sure about was it was going to be inside because of the weather, and all my indoor photos usually turn out crap. I took my 24mm f2.8 lens along too, just incase the light was really bad. I ended up just sticking to the 18-105mm Nikon and it was ok. Had to boost up the ISO which has made them a bit grainy, but not too bad.

Overall I was pretty happy with what I got. I think I took about 200 odd photos, and I picked out about 70ish that I thought were ok, and maybe about 15-20 that I really liked. I had to adjust the exposure a bit, and could probably do a lot more to the levels to make them better, but I don’t like to play around with them on the computer too much.

These are a couple of my favourite ones.

Nikon D90, 18-105mm zoom lens f/5.6, shutter 1/80,  focal length 105mm, ISO 1000

Nikon D90, 18-105mm zoom lens f/5, shutter 1/80,  focal length 50mm, ISO 1250

Nikon D90, 18-105mm zoom lens f/5.6, shutter 1/100,  focal length 105mm, ISO 2000

Redbubble feature!

•October 15, 2010 • Leave a Comment

My first photo featured in a group! It’s cool! You never know, someone might want to buy it and hang it on their wall… Maybe…

Feature in the Classic Camellias group.

Pacific Coast Iris…. Again

•October 12, 2010 • Leave a Comment

This time just before sunset, so the lighting was all different. But I’m not sure about this one. Something isn’t right about it. But I do like the colours.

I think it would look awesome if I had a macro lens and could get really super close up… It’s my birthday soon… Maybe someone will buy me one.. 🙂

Nikon D90, 18-105mm zoom lens f/14, shutter 1/80,  focal length 105mm, ISO 400

Pacific Coast Iris seedlings

•October 9, 2010 • 1 Comment

Rather than hating all the shots I got of this one, I can’t decide which one is the best, so I’ve just chucked a few up. These are grown from seed I got from Tempo Two, 2 years ago. There are 2 other plants which are full of buds, but haven’t flowered yet, so it’ll be interesting to see what colours they come out as.

All taken on Aperture Priority.

Nikon D90, 18-105mm zoom lens f/6.3, shutter 1/250,  focal length 105mm, ISO 400, Exp bias -0.67

Nikon D90, 18-105mm zoom lens f/8, shutter 1/200,  focal length 105mm, ISO 500,

Nikon D90, 18-105mm zoom lens f/8, shutter 1/100,  focal length 105mm, ISO 320

Nikon D90, 18-105mm zoom lens f/6.3, shutter 1/250,  focal length 92mm, ISO 400

Just not working!

•October 9, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I am getting frustrated. I can’t get a really good shot of my Fritillaria pontica. This is the best I can get and it is driving me mad. I haven’t got a photo for ages of anything that I am happy with. Either I am taking shit photos or I am being too picky.. Hmmm. Either way it is annoying me.

Nikon D90, 18-105mm zoom lens f/9, shutter 1/250,  focal length 105mm, ISO 400

Nikon D90, 55-200mm zoom lens f/5.6, shutter 1/50,  focal length 175mm, ISO 200

Macro Lenses… ?

•September 30, 2010 • 2 Comments

I think I want a macro lens. Well I do want a macro lens. Just which one I am not sure. I have recently had the Sigma 105mm macro recommended to me http://www.dwidigitalcameras.com.au/store/product.asp?idProduct=150. It’s a reasonable price, actually a lot cheaper than some of the Nikon ones I have looked at. Only problem is I don’t know how to make a decision…

So perhaps someone out there has some more advice on Macro lenses…

I want to be able to get super close up’s of pollen, the seta of moss, the details of the algae I have in my fish tank…

What I want to know is:

What is the difference between a dedicated 105mm macro lens and say my normal zoom lens which goes from 18-105mm?
Is the macro just better quality, or is it a simple fact that you can get closer to the subject and still focus?

Does the focal length of the lens determine how ‘magnified’ you can get? Could you get a shot closer and with more detail on a 105mm compared to a 50mm?

I have a Nikon D90, should I stick to the newer Nikon lenses with VR, or would something like the Sigma mentioned above be just as good if not better?

What are the main things I should look at when deciding what kinda of macro lens I buy?

I have googled and read a lot, but it gets a bit confusing…

Help me out here someone.