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Jun 072011

Memorial day is for remembering those who have gone on before us, but sometime a good BBQ with family is a great way to is just the way to do that. My brother and his wife came down late Sunday and had to leave early Monday afternoon so we made the best of it by staying up late talking about life and family. It was a really good time. However, because of that we slept in and didn’t have a lot of time to do a real BBQ. So we made appetizers and threw some stuff on grill. We even tried to eat outside until the rain and the cold drove us back inside.

50mm f/1.8: 50mm f/5 1/60s ISO 200
The glaze on the pineapple and chicken was amazing. I hope Belinda will share the recipe in the comments. πŸ™‚

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Jun 022011

My daughters 6th grade teacher gives out rubber duckies as rewards. I find it amazing what kids, and adults, will do to get little trinkets. Apparently there is a shortage of the some of the ducks and the kids will do whatever is necessary to get the special duck. The “nerd” and the “unicorn” (barely seen in upper left) are my daughter’s favorite.

Nifty-Fifty: 50mm f/4 1/60 ISO 200 SB-600 TTL +.7 softbox to the right and reflector to the left

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Jun 022011

I have gotten several, ok two, questions about my macro set-up so here it is. At least until I have the money for the 105mm Micro lens.

I use my Nikon 50mm f/1.8 it is cheap, but by far my most used lens; it is fast, light and has manual aperture control which all lend themselves perfectly for this application. Then I have a reversal ring that screws into the filter thread and then has the Nikon mount on the other side. So the part that is generally in the camera is flying free in the air. It is a little disconcerting, but after a while you get used to it. Focusing takes a little effort and so does getting the exposure right; because those have to be done entirely manual. To focus I have to move back and forth millimeters at a time to get the razor thin DOF in focus, and sometimes it doesn’t work out so well.

HTC Incredible Retro Camera App

Here are some of the pictures I have gotten with this setup:

And here are some links to the gear:
Nikon 50mm f/1.8
Reversal ring for Nikon f-Mount

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Jun 012011

Yeah I lost today’s picture to the delete button as well. I just was not paying attention. So here is a shot I took at the CLS class. I want to be clear on a point this was another photographer’s bridal so she had put the bride in this column of light at the state capital I don’t know what her vision was, but when I saw her there I just saw a “dark” stage with her in the spotlight.

70-200mm f/2.8: 200mm f/2.8 1/2000s ISO 200

Question for you real photographers was this a no-no?

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