Staff Writer on August 18th, 2009
After extolling the virtues of the Canon 500D close up lens as a relatively low cost and easy to carry solution for taking Macro, I decided to invest in a real Macro lens for the really serious stuff.
This time I wanted to stick with Nikon as all my other equipment comes from them, so I headed to Greys of Westminster as I had heard they give good advice. This was certainly true and they spent a lot of time with me for which I was really grateful.
In the end, instead of the AF-S VR Micro-Nikor 105mm f2.8G IF-ED that I intended to buy, I came away with a second hand AF 105MM F2.8, the earlier model with auto focus but no vibration reduction. The main reason that I did this was because I always turn VR off when shooting with a tripod and so it seemed superfluous. The expert at Greys also told me of someone who swapped the old lens for the new and found her images less sharp, so went back to the old one!
Well there we are. The first results are very encouraging but I just hope that I don’t regret it when I use the lens for portraits, as I hear that they are perfect for this as well. You can see some of them on www.photographs247.co.uk
After extolling the virtues of the Canon 500D close up lens as a relatively low cost and easy to carry solution for taking Macro, I decided to invest in a real Macro lens for the really serious stuff.
This time I wanted to stick with Nikon as all my other equipment comes from them, so I headed to Grays of Westminster as I had heard they give good advice. This was certainly true and they spent a lot of time with me for which I was really grateful.
In the end, instead of the AF-S VR Micro-Nikor 105mm f2.8G IF-ED that I intended to buy, I came away with a second hand AF 105MM F2.8, the earlier model with auto focus but no vibration reduction. The main reason that I did this was because I always turn VR off when shooting with a tripod and so it seemed superfluous. The expert at Grays also told me of someone who swapped the old lens for the new and found her images less sharp, so went back to the old one!
Well there we are. The first results are very encouraging but I just hope that I don’t regret it when I use the lens for portraits, as I hear that they are perfect for this as well. You can see some of them on www.photographs247.co.uk

Every precious drop

Every precious drop

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Staff Writer on August 18th, 2009
When taking Macro shots in the open air, I use mirror up and a tripod so as to avoid camera shake.
The problem with this is that when trying to focus the image via the screen rather than through the viewfinder, the reflections, even on a dull day can make it very difficult. On a sunny day it is impossible.
I think that I have now found the answer. I have bought a Hoodman 3.0 Hoodloupe. It fits over the screen and has a focusing ring just like a telescope. You wear it round your neck and when the shot is composed, you can pop it over the screen and get a perfect view to help you focus the camera.
You can see some of my macro shots in the wildlife and flowers sections of www.photographs247.co.uk
When taking Macro shots in the open air, I use mirror up and a tripod so as to avoid camera shake.
The problem with this is that when trying to focus the image via the screen rather than through the viewfinder, the reflections, even on a dull day can make it very difficult. On a sunny day it is impossible.
I think that I have now found the answer. I have bought a Hoodman 3.0 Hoodloupe. It fits over the screen and has a focusing ring just like a telescope. You wear it round your neck and when the shot is composed, you can pop it over the screen and get a perfect view to help you focus the camera.
You can see some of my macro shots in the wildlife and flowers sections of www.photographs247.co.uk

Hover Fly

Hover Fly

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Staff Writer on August 18th, 2009

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Flowers are some of the most photogenic things on the planet and like many others I was drawn in early to trying to capture them in all their glory.

It soon became clear that to do this, it is better to shoot in Macro or in other words very close up and with a short focal length to put the background out of focus.
Dedicated Macro lenses are relatively expensive and so I tracked down a close up lens that fits onto the front of a normal lens just like a filter. This is produced by Canon and is called the 500D and to the best of my knowledge is the only item of Canon equipment that fits onto Nikon.
I have used it with great success and many of the macro images on www.photographs247.co.uk are taken with it. It is especially good for travelling light if you are going on holiday for example and don’t want to have to take a full bag of kit and pay excess baggage and risk loss or damage.
It comes in different diameters to suit many lenses and is well worth investigating.
Flowers are some of the most photogenic things on the planet and like many others I was drawn in early to trying to capture them in all their glory.
It soon became clear that to do this, it is better to shoot in Macro or in other words very close up and with a short focal length to put the background out of focus.
Dedicated Macro lenses are relatively expensive and so I tracked down a close up lens that fits onto the front of a normal lens just like a filter. This is produced by Canon and is called the 500D and to the best of my knowledge is the only item of Canon equipment that fits onto Nikon.
I have used it with great success and many of the macro images on www.photographs247.co.uk are taken with it. It is especially good for travelling light if you are going on holiday for example and don’t want to have to take a full bag of kit and pay excess baggage and risk loss or damage.
It comes in different diameters to suit many lenses and is well worth investigating.
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Staff Writer on August 17th, 2009

As a devotee of Scott Kelby’s books, I came across the World Wide Photowalk that was taking place for the second year in 2009.
I decided to sign up for the Guildford walk and on Saturday the 18th July. It was led by Glyn Dewis who turned out to be a very nice guy and also a very good organiser. Twenty-Five of us had a brilliant time walking around Guildford High Street, the castle and the river. You can see the results of our efforts on   worldwidephotowalk.com/guildford–surrey-en-uk/
The main reason that I mention this is that many people would be quite intimidated about setting up to do serious photography on a busy high street in July but with the group it didn’t seem to matter. We also got to compare notes in the pub afterwards and have agreed to do it again before too long.
I am now a fan of arranging groups to take photographs. Please remind me to tell you about my photographic club’s treasure hunt in the near future.
As a devotee of Scott Kelby’s books, I came across the World Wide Photowalk that was taking place for the second year in 2009.
I decided to sign up for the Guildford walk and on Saturday the 18th July. It was led by Glyn Dewis who turned out to be a very nice guy and also a very good organiser. Twenty-Five of us had a brilliant time walking around Guildford High Street, the castle and the river. You can see the results of our efforts on  www.worldwidephotowalk.com/guildford–surrey-en-uk/
The main reason that I mention this is that many people would be quite intimidated about setting up to do serious photography on a busy high street in July but with the group it didn’t seem to matter. We also got to compare notes in the pub afterwards and have agreed to do it again before too long.
I am now a fan of arranging groups to take photographs. Please remind me to tell you about my photographic club’s treasure hunt in the near future.
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