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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Digital Infrared





Today I ventured out with my "new" old Nikon D200 which I had converted to a pure infrared camera with a 850nm filter.  Only IR light hits the sensor, thus images represent the heat of objects.  These were shot this afternoon at Five Rivers Environmental Center in Delmar, NY.  The camera is used without need for a red r72 filter to reduce visible light, just expose, compose and shoot after a custom white balance is set.  Different but interesting to me.  Enjoy, Jeff


Saturday, September 26, 2015


The Scrum








I knew Albany had a Rugby team, the Albany Knickerbockers, but I have never photographed them.  Till today. They play at the Frisbee Ave sports field.  What an intense physical game!  I used the Nikon D7200 with the Sigma 150-600mm VR lens.  Shot at F8, 1/2000 sec mostly and Auto ISO.  I shot 836 pics, distilled it down to 15 to save and picked 5 to send.  Enjoy, Jeff


Back Yard Birds









As the insects are leaving for the season I challenged myself to try small bird photography.  What fun!  I set up a perch/stand from some branches about 25 feet from our back porch which served as a "blind", allowing me to see the birds but  far enough away that they did not care about me. On the tree to where the perch was nailed I set up an oiled sunflower seed feeder.  About 4 feet in front of the perch I set up a remote flash to fire at 1/2 power.  The Nikon D7200 was attached to my new SIgma 150-600mm VR lens at 600mm, AWB,  ISO 1250,F8.1/200 sec with a wireless flash transmitter.  I used a ML-3 remote to fire the camera to reduce camera-lens vibration. 

Images were shot as JPEGs and lightly edited in iPhoto.

Overall for my first shots, I am pretty, pretty pleased!

Enjoy, Jeff


Sunday, September 20, 2015

Nature's Offerings of the Day









Went over to Washington Park where their are some beautiful remaining flowers.  With flowers, there are bees, busy doing their job gathering nectar for the winter hive.  Also at the late afternoon sun position there was a nice degree of back lighting helping me to catch the pattern in the broad leaf, which I converted to monochrome.  Incredible patterns,right!?

Equipment was a Nikon D7200, Tokina ATX MAcro with a 1.4 tele-extender and a Nikon SB-600 speedlight shot through a softbox, camera mounted.  Usually I shoot this insects at F14, 1/200 and auto ISO with TTL flash at -1.0 stops. 

 Enjoy, Jeff


Monday, September 7, 2015