American cuisine

American cuisine

The rich colors are what first attracted me to this street scene. Then as clientele entered the american cuisine theme emerged… Nikon D500, Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8, 38mm, 1/200 sec, aperture f/17, iso 2000.

Alisha and Gussie

I present two very special ladies. My life long inspiration and mentor, cousin Gussie (right), and her future daughter in-law Alisha.

Alisha suggested that I photograph her upcoming wedding to Gussie’s son Radi. I jumped at the opportunity before fully considering the bride to be is a venerable art teacher and scholar of photography. Talk about the ultimate wedding photography critic! However, I can still take solace in my great fortune for, “when the student is ready the teacher will appear”, and Alisha can also work ancient magic on a pot of lentils, just say’in.

Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4 ZF.2 lens, 1/500 sec, f/4, iso 1100, Nikon D850.

Tree Frog

Tree frog

A family of these frogs are drawn to my porch light at night to feast on the bugs the light attracts. Naturally, I began leaving the light on just for them. A sort of motel six for tree frogs. I therefore assume this smile is genuine. Nikon D850, Nikon 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Micro NIKKOR lens, Nikon SB-900 AF Speedlight set to TTL, 1/200 sec, f/13, iso 100.

Red canna

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This photograph was taken with a Nikon D850 and the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR lens. At 200mm image compression smoothed the background. The relatively close range gives a macro feel to the texture of the flowers.

Mimosa blooms

Mimosa blooms
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Superb Nikon color rendition, and fast continuous auto focus makes the stalwart Nikon AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED Lens an outstanding portraiture lens.

The minimal focus distance of 0.31m, an aperture of f/4.5 and fast continuous autofocus permitted a relatively slow 1/250 sec shutter speed for the Nikon D850‘s pleasing macro closeup of these Mimosas, which were violently blowing in the breeze.

Botany bay

Botany Bay Wildlife Preserve, Edistow Island, South Carolina
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Botany Bay is a wildlife preserve on Edistow island in South Carolina. This landscape photograph was not taken during the so called “golden hours” but instead during harsh midday sun and handheld without the benefit of a tripod, at a relatively slow 1/320 sec shutter speed. The Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens employing a f/16 aperture and employing Tamron’s vibration control on a Nikon D850 has seemingly allowed the breaking of rules.

Orchard spider

Orchard Spider
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Night was falling fast on the opportunity to photograph this tiny Orchard spider. This tiny subject who was barely visible in rapidly encroaching nightfall, required manual focus and a shutter speed limited to 1/250 sec for flash to function. f/16 yielded adequate depth of field for the Tokina at-X PRO M 100mm F2.8 D Macro lens mounted on a Nikon D850.

Pelican

Pelican
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A Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E ED AF-S VR lens, aperture f/5.6, 1/4000 shutter speed, mounted on the Nikon D500 captured this bird in flight image. I’m certainly not alone in my enjoyment of the venerable Nikon D500/200-500mm combination.

The 1.5 crop factor of this APS-C camera coupled with the 200/500mm delivers a incredibly budget friendly f/5.6 750mm range without any of the image distortion, and auto focus degradation associated with teleconverters.

Even though the 45 mega pixel full frame capabilities of Nikon’s D850 complement the 200/500 quite nicely, this D500’s lower resolution produces a good result, particularly if the D850 output requires cropping which the D500’s 750mm equivalent range may not require.