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Black & Yellow Garden Spider Read more

Black & Yellow Garden Spider

Over the last few years I became interested in the Orb Spiders, in particular the Black and Yellow Garden Spider as the common name or the Argiope aurantia, scientific name. Ultimately my fascination for spiders and insects in general always cause me to stop and take a closer look when I run across them out in the wild. As a photographer I enjoy taking a few photos at any opportunity, here in this write up I share my observations and images of the Black and Yellow Garden Spider.

Nikkor 200mm F4 Micro Macro Lens Review Read more

Nikkor 200mm F4 Micro Macro Lens Review

The first thing you notice when you pick up the Nikkor 200mm F/4 Micro lens is its build quality, VERY solid. This type of lens build represents an era before plastics became standard fare. Holding this lens you know it is one of the best built Nikkor lenses ever and although this is one of Nikon's older lens with a long service life it is a premium Macro / Micro lens holding it's favor among macro enthusiast since its first release in 1993.
Macro Photography Best Lens Read more

Macro Photography Best Lens

I spent a few hours outdoors enjoying my macro photography and I hope you enjoy and find inspiration in the images I captured. What do I use for my Macro setup and why?  read on...

Really Right Stuff Flash Bracket Review Read more

Really Right Stuff Flash Bracket Review

This is my review of the Really Right Stuff flash brackets and flash mounting accessories.  I purchased my setup this past month and have taken it out on a few shooting assignments.  Here is what I have to say about the setup and its operation and dependability in the field.

Nikon 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens Review Read more

Nikon 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens Review

Nikon 60mm f2.8 AFS-S Micro-Nikkor Lens is a super choice for your first intro into Macro. You may find others who state they don’t recommend this lens as a Macro due to the very close distance you must get to the subject in order to achieve 1:1, about 2 inches at the closest focus distance (1:1). The lens needs to be 2 inches from the subject for 1 to 1.. I simply believe each lens offers a special interface between the camera and user. I use most all focal lengths of Macro/Micros. I agree a 200mm Macro will put distance between you and the subject but it also has it’s own drawbacks (you can read about it in my blog). I like a 60mm because there are sometimes I need both detail and more of the subject without lugging a 2 pound lens around. With todays mega pixel cameras, even if your not 2 inches from the subject you can crop (as most of us do) to get amazing details. Overall I am very pleased with the lens and look forward to using it more often.

Nikon R1C1 Close-up System Review Read more

Nikon R1C1 Close-up System Review

Time for macro Photography & I am ready to get out and shoot.
In the early days, one of my least favorite aspect of photography was flash, simply because I sucked at it, and normally got mixed results when I tried using it. Since discovering Nikon's Creative Lighting System (CLS) my Macro has improved.

Macro Up Close Read more

Macro Up Close

Macro close up photography is one aspect of photography that I became involved in a few years back following a period where I wanted to try something different in my photography.  In the early days I would stack filters on my normal lens to acquire close focusing capabilities this was hit or miss due to metering and my in experience. Fast forward a few years..

On the trail 200mm f/4 Macro Lens Read more

On the trail 200mm f/4 Macro Lens

Selecting and using a particular Nikkor Micro / Macro lens is subjective but mostly necessary for what you have in mind.  On this shoot I was out to capture some insects and flowers so I wanted a longer working distance between me and the subject. I enjoy using my wireless flash set-up for my Macro photographs.  Getting close to the "life"   makes for some very interesting subjects.
Backyard Macro Photography Read more

Backyard Macro Photography

Need a different photography challenge or tired of walking, driving for miles looking for something interesting to photograph?  Why not give macro photography a try. Macro photography does not have to be expensive or even need the latest equipment to acquire good results.  A decent DSLR, and macro lens is your basic starter kit.  In fact you probably already have almost everything you need.

Sigma 150mm F2.8 Macro Review Read more

Sigma 150mm F2.8 Macro Review

This is my review of the Sigma 150mm F2.8 EX DG HSM APO Macro (non-optical stabilization) version.
Pros:  Well made, very good quality and sharp.
Cons: The material that Sigma choose to coat this lens make the lens seem cheap, it feels like felt and wears poorly, the auto focus is not all that reliable.
  

In a nutshell, if your into Macro and need a medium reach lens - this is a serious contender, Sigma now makes an updated version of this lens.

Eight Eyed Wonder Read more

Eight Eyed Wonder

Not too many people out there who appreciate the spider and what they offer us in return.  Most seem repulsed by the look of something with this many eyes and legs.  I have a fascination with the spider and respect them when I am out in the wild. Sorry, I had to move this article and in the process lost some of the excellent spider images, this is what happens when you switch hosting providers. But, check back now that summer is here!  I am oiling up the spider macro for some slick photos...

Nikkor 105mm Micro Lens Review Read more

Nikkor 105mm Micro Lens Review

One of the best micro macro lens available. By the way, Nikon uses the term Micro that basically means the same as Macro, go figure. Anytime i venture out into nature, you will almost always find me with this lens. Reasons are numerous but the bottom line is it is simply a very nice piece of glass. Not the mention it is rugged, two things you need out in the wild. Don't forget to get a reverse adapter!!
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