Sunday, March 28, 2010

Camera Play

I recently upgraded to my first digital SLR camera--my dad's old Nikon D50 (he upgraded to a Nikon D90).  I have a whole bunch to learn, but thankfully, Dad has a whole bunch to teach me.  And a whole bunch of really cool lenses to play with.  I thought I would share a few pictures (yes, my definition of "a few" is vastly different than other people's) from around the house, garden, and arboretum with the different lenses I've been trying.  You can click on any of the pictures to see the larger version.

These pictures were taken with the kit lens, the Nikon 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 lens:









These pictures were taken with the super-cool Nikon 105 mm f/2.8 micro lens--on a very overcast afternoon, no tripod, and no working knowledge of what I was doing (Dad wasn't around and I was just playing):










And these pictures were taken with another great lens, the Nikon 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6 with Vibration Reduction:











I think the 18-200 mm with VR lens will probably be my choice for all-purpose shooting, including most of my flower photography.  But I love, love, love the cool effects you can get with the 105 mm.  You can see more great photos Dad has been taking with the 105 mm lens over at his Flickr site.

Now aren't you glad I only shared a few pictures?

5 comments:

  1. Very nice, don't be shy about getting into awkward positions to get those amazing shots!!!

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  2. Wow, Wow, Wow! I love those blurred background effects! Even better than I imagined.

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  3. Congrats on the new camera! Your first shots look GREAT!!! My first sure didn't! lol
    DSLRs are GREAT! I looked at the 105mm macro but couldn't justify the extra $s. I got the 60mm macro as it cost less (and thus my fam all went together and got it for me for my b-day :o)
    You are blessed to have someone to share their lenses and knowledge with you. I didn't try my lens first.... just studied overwhelming stats :oP and I WISH I had someone to teach me so I knew what I was doing!
    You have always taken gorgeous photos, I look forward to seeing them as you take them to the next level with your new gear. :o)

    Oh, and I also have the 18-55mm VR as that is what came with my kit. I looked at bumping to the 18-200 but there were so many neg reviews that I couldn't justify paying that much more. Neat to hear from someone I know who has tried it that it is a great lens..... may have to add that to my wish list for when I am rich and famous! lol

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  4. Oops! Brain fart.... it's an 18-105VR not an 18-55 :oP

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