May 4 and May 2

 

Friday May 4

Nikon D7000 with a Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD lens shot at F/5.6 and a 1/125 of a second shutter speed. ISO 100. Focal length: 300mm.

I picked up a new telephoto zoom; a Tamron SP 70-300mm.  This bird image is kinda lame, but I shot it hand-held at a 300mm focal range at 1/125th of a second shutter speed!  That is crazy.  It’s not “pin sharp”, but I say the “VC” system works pretty darned well.  Decent bokeh (blurry background), as well.

 

Nikon D7000 with a Nikkor 17-55mm F/2.8G ED lens shot at F/2.8 and a 1/8 of a second shutter speed.  ISO 100.  Focal length: 55mm.

I went out looking for some sunset images.  I couldn’t find a good foreground object in my limited area (and time) so I started panning cars going by.  I liked these two so here they are...

 

 

Nikon D7000 with a Nikkor 17-55mm F/2.8G ED lens shot at F/2.8 and a 1/8 of a second shutter speed.  ISO 100.  Focal length: 55mm.

Even though this image is clearly blurry, and doesn’t feature a particularly exotic car, I like the shape, color and lines.  I also like the crooked horizon, which makes it seem like it’s going uphill.

 

 

Wednesday May 2

Two images; one from work…one from home…

Nikon D5000 with a Nikkor 18-70mm F/3.5-4.5 G ED lens shot at F/11 and 1/400 shutter speed.  ISO 500.  Focal length: 48mm.

The body shop next door to my work has this rusted front quarter panel in their lot.  It caught my eye and here is the result.  Not sure what vehicle it’s from…maybe a truck?  I accidentally had my Nikon D5000 set at ISO 500.  Gotta change that back to 200.  You may ask, why didn’t I use my flagship D7000?  Uh, look at that image.  The D5000 is an excellent camera, and its size makes it easy to bring to work for images like this.

 

Nikon D5000 with a Nikkor 18-70mm F/3.5-4.5 G ED lens shot at F/4.5 and 1/160 shutter speed.  ISO 500.  Focal range: 70mm.

A glance out a west window of my home motivated me to shoot this.  The evening sun was setting and it lit up the dandelions in my yard.  That’s what this is; shot up close at 70mm.  I do not have a macro lens, so this is the best I could do.  The accidental higher ISO on the D5K helped here as it allowed me to hand-hold this image.  I used Photoshop to darken the surrounding foliage a bit.

 

all images © Scott Woelm – May 2012