My finished color transparencies came back from the lab the other day. I finally had the time to scan after dinner on Sunday. These were all taken in the Ceres Nature Preserve.
This is a handheld shot of young ferns just beginning to open. I took this photo with my 85mm lens as close as I could get without using my close up attachment lens. I didn’t have my tripod and I wanted to preserve some context.
I turned about 90 degrees and moved back a little (I couldn’t move too far because I was standing on a little bridge). The ferns in the lower right corner are the same ones I shot close up. Both of these photos were taken almost four weeks ago.
I came back about a week later. I had the car that morning so I brought my tripod. I set up as low as it would go on the little bridge for a wide angle shot using my 24mm lens. This gives you a much better idea of the context. I didn’t hang around long because the mosquitoes were out already.
More context. This is a side trail just off the main trail. It was my last shot of the day taken on the way out of the park. I used my tripod and my normal (50mm) lens for this one. If you have a tripod, use it. I was able to stop down for nice depth of field for this photo and I had no worries about camera shake either.
I was using my Nikon F3HP on full manual. Once I had my composition and exposure, I locked the mirror up and tripped the shutter with a cable release.
I discovered that carrying my tripod wasn’t so bad after all. I purchased a nice carrying strap (less than $15) so I can sling the pod over my shoulder. I think lightweight tripods are an oxymoron. You need all the mass you can get. My pod weights about 7 1/2 pounds and it’s a decent one. Of course I had the car (clever eh?) so I didn’t have to schlep the load back and forth from home, a mile each way.
One of these days, I will try walking and carrying the tripod because I want to play with B&W and the tripod is one of the most valuable tools for nature photography.
Be sure to visit Lisa’s Chaos for more Macro Monday photos. Thank you Lisa. Thank you for giving us this opportunity to share.
PS — Here’s my first flower of Spring. I took this one in my back yard (using my tripod of course). This is from the same roll of trannys.