Posts Tagged: 50mm lens

Bolsa Chica Bird Party!

Bird Party at Bolsa Chica water outflow
Egret in Flight 11.22.14-egret-party-1 Egret and the Photographer

Sat 11.22.14 – Today I went over to Bolsa Chica Wetlands during low tide and had fun for over 40 minutes watching a Bird Party! at the water outflow pipes between the big wetland sections. Not only were the birds having a grand time of fishing for little fry and sardines, as well as the seagulls attempting to steal said fish from the terns while flying, but there were many photographers of various species and bird watchers. Thus it was not only fun to watch the antics of the birds, but also of the humans.

Photos by Jenifer Hanen, aka Ms. Jen, with her Nikon D800 and a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens.

DIY Macro Experiments

DIY Macro Local Flower

Fri 09.13.13 – After seeing today’s In Focus of macro photos of insects, I decided to try the trick of taking a manual 50mm lens, flipping it around, holding it up to my Nikon D800’s body and then shooting.
After a few duds with light leaks, I lowered the ISO, turned on some lights, and set the manual lens to f1.4 and to the closest 0.3m focus.
How did I focus? I turned Live View on on the Nikon D800 and then gently moved back and forward as one hand held the lens up to the camera body and the other pressed the shutter.
The photos turned out very dreamy, which I like but not quite as macro or sharp as some of the tutorials on line for DIY Macro with a 50mm lens. I didn’t make a toilet paper extension tube or use an adapter or compound lenses or create my own reverse adapter with a body cap and a filter, I just did it DIY spontaneous by holding the reversed 50mm manual lens up to the naked camera body.
Big thanks to Scruffy McDoglet for staying still and my local patio plant for only gently waving in the wind.
Here is my Flickr DIY Macro Photos from today’s experiment.