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Sunday, 25 October 2009

Macro - Extension tubes and screw-on lenses

I have dabbled in macro photography a little in the past, but without a dedicated macro lens, I have had to make use of my screw on lenses. I purchased some extension tubes on Amazon quite a while ago, but could not work out how to get them to work. This weekend with a bit of trail an error, I managed to get a few half decent shots.

So to show the difference these toys make, I have uploaded a few shots using nothing, the screw on and the extension tubes.

The first two are taken with the 18-105mmvr nikon lens. The second shot just being a crop of another shot.

The second two were taken with the same lens and the screw on attachments.

The last two with the extension tubes. With the extension tubes, you have to have the camera fully in Manual mode as the camera can meter on anything.

None of these are particularly wonderful, so I don't think I will even add any to flickr, but just wanted to show you how I am getting on.

Sunday, 18 October 2009

London Zoo - a good place for some bird photography!

One of my favorites from my last visit.

Lilac Breasted Roller

Strikingly similar to one I took last year!

Lilac Breated Roller

Baby big Cats

Two shots taken on the morning of my wedding. One can't complain!!!

Baby Cheetah on Tree

Lion Cub

Handheld and just a bit slow!

Got to like the Sigma 120-400os

Moon and plane

Pano's on CS4

Well, it has been a long time, but that does not mean I can't stick a shot or two up here. Work and getting married and some family illness has taken up all my time for the last 4 months, but now have quite a few shots to stick up.

I upgraded to CS4 from CS3. I have not noticed too much of a difference but then I am not an expert. I actually use CS4 very little. I must say the auto merge option is excellent on CS4. No need to set up the tripod to make sure that the shots line up exactly so you can stitch them together. Just shoot and make sure that there is some kind of over lap and hey presto, you get the results below.

I am currently experimenting with HDR and I will post one soon. Also made my first attempted at editing with the clone tool. I am going to remove the antennae from the bottom shot. I will let you see when I have done it.


Just checked the post and the shots are not coming through in pano format, so click on the pics to see the full shot on flickr.

Cape Town from the Top of Table Mountain
London Sunset