You think you are good. You think you are experienced. You packed your gear hundreds of times, preparing for a shoot. And still. Sometimes you make the same dumb mistakes. Yesterday I experienced a new one. I had all my gear with me to shoot the signature of a contract at work. I unpacked my gear, checked the flash, checked the camera and – D’OH ! Camera battery 2 %, spare batteries lying conveniently on my desk at home. Stupid stupid stupid. I was lucky. The camera still made several shots (2 % is quite some energy left…) and the official photographer from university showed up unexpectedly (initially he had no time for the pictures because of another job, which is why I was asked to take the pictures). Bottom line – no harm done. But what did I learn today ? Check your gear. Check memory cards. Check batteries, Check spare batteries. Everything in the camera bag ? Everything ready to use ? Camera settings ok ? Check ISO, Aperture, any other settings which might interfer with making a great job. Here is a short list of classic fails I experienced in my photographing career. Perhaps you’ll recognize yourself […]
I like getting close, really close. For macro shots I use the 105 mm f2.8 lens from Nikon – a very sharp and accurate lens. A must-have for all macro enthusiasts. I have one picture gallery which I update now and then with insect shots. Again I would like to share the pictures and experiences with you. Besides the complete album on Picasa I will now show a selection of pictures and describe how they were shot. This guy here was shot on the open field during a nice summer day. I walked right into a field with high grass, keeping both eyes open for interesting insects. The lens was a Sigma 105 mm f2.8, which was my macro lens before I had the 105 mm Nikkor. It was difficult to get sharp shots, since you have to shoot free-handedly. The insects are too quick and the plants they sit on also move in the wind, so there is absolutely no sense in using a tripod. Again, here the „Continuous high“ shooting mode of your camera comes in handy. One shot has to be in focus (such as this one). The following picture has also been shot free-handedly. These two […]
I sorted the pictures from the trip to the Côte d’Azur. I selected only a few shots to post here. If you wonder why nearly nobody shows up on those pictures: Since some people might feel uncomfortable when their photos are published on the net I chose to respect their privacy and not post pictures of other people unless they agree to it (which is the correct legal way to work with pictures of other people by the way). This is how food in the fridge must perceive us. Shot with the Samyang 8 mm f3.5 lens at 1/60 sec. In Lightroom I only adjusted the white balance, since the shot was yellow-ish. Timer on the camera was set to 2 sec. The shot is not 100% sharp, but this is one limitation of the lens. Most pictures are very soft, as if shot through a weak milky haze. But nevertheless I am very happy with that lens. You can’t argue about the price (bought at www.foto-tip.pl) Gears on a machine used to process perfume in Grasse. My favourite shot from the trip. The bike is parked in Cannes. Blue hour, perfect natural lighting. Well, with „natural“ I mean street […]
It’s nearly full moon and my wife came home late stating: „There is such a beautiful moon today, you have to go outside and shoot it.“ Everything for my dearest, and so I went… Shot with a Samyang 800 mm f8 mirror lens. 1/800 sec and ISO 1600 (could/should be quicker than 1/800 sec, but then you have to crank up ISO quite a bit.). Of course I used a tripod, remote and mirror lockup to reduce vibration. Oh yes, and the Samyang is manual focus only 🙂 It’s not completely sharp, and I think this is as good as it can get for about 240 Euros (which was the price of the lens). Now for the Nikkor 70-300 mm: Look at that tiny moon ! 🙂 300 mm, 1/1000 sec, f5.6 ISO 400. Sharp. Tomorrow it’s full moon, and if there are no clouds like today I will be again out in the field.