For this one we will focus on something we all have, photo gear. The gear does not need to be Nikon. It can be a lens, camera, accessories of any make, model or year, vintage gear is welcome. As always, it is about well compose and exposed, appropriately sharp subjects closeup.
RULES: --Post up to 7 images but only one image/post --Include shooting info so we can learn from each other --Previously posted images are welcome but not previous contest winners --When posting please do so by hitting the ‘reply’ link below this top post, not the reply link to another post. --Include a title in the subject line --Capture must be shot with a Nikon camera and any lens --Comments are welcome but NO public critiquing, i.e., how to make it better. This is a contest so PM's are a better way to offer feedback --WARNING Posts that do not meet the spirit of the challenge will not be selected as finalists and may be periodically removed by the moderators without notice
The top images will be selected by the previous months winner and be included in a poll for members to vote for the winning photo. The winning image will be added to the Macro Contest Winners Gallery
Albert J Valentino Nikonian Moderator Emeritus Vantage Point Images Mastery of Composition is the Key to Great Photography
#1. "Lens by Candlelight" In response to Reply # 0
Ann Arbor, US
Mounted the D700/24-120 f/4 combination on the tripod and placed a taper in front of the lens. Had to use a lot of negative exposure compensation to tame the glare. The candle was the only illumination for this shot.
You can see several of the elements within the lens. It was interesting to note that the two leftmost flame images are inverted and are getting larger. This is probably a reflection from the mirror that is making its way back through the lens.
D90IR (720nm conversion), Nikkor 105mm VR f/2.8, f/11, 1/100 sec, -2.67EV, ISO 320. Converted to BW with Silver Effects Pro 2.
#2. "Master of Darkness" In response to Reply # 0 Sat 06-Apr-13 01:44 AM by domer2760
Ann Arbor, US
I love this camera for shooting in low light situations so, a low light photo seemed appropriate. The camera is a D700. I chose the 100mm Series E lens because it was shiny and the focus ring nubs were more distinctive. It's all about the nubs...
All cameras record little bits of history with each click. This camera did that for years but along the way, it acquired a macabre history of its own. This Canon AT-1 camera and the manual focus 50mm FD Macro lens spent much of their working life in the morgue at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor taking photos of ... well, parts. The camera was given to my boss (a pathologist) when his Chief of Service retired and my boss passed it to me upon his retirement. The back is engraved with "Morgue" and the hospital name. I'm sure it could tell some stories.
#7. "RE: April Contest: Photo Gear" In response to Reply # 0
Lens Baby D800, Nikor 105mm f/2.8, manual focus, ISO 100, Aperture mode, f/11, .6s, auto WB, Tripod.
Used a mirror underneath with a white board background. To make the photo a bit more interesting I used a flash light to paint the surface of the lens baby and to shine focused light through the lens to project the pattern of the aperture insert onto the background.
Its always important to remember that no matter where you're at, there you are.
#17. "RE: April Contest: Photo Gear" In response to Reply # 0
A shot of a Kodak SIX-20 'BROWNIE' D I picked up at a market a few years ago. Thought I'd add a bit of interest by "shooting" one of my lenses through the Brownie viewfinder.
I set the Brownie on the table, with the lens in front of it. I stood above the brownie and positioned myself and my camera so I could see the lens in the small viewfinder and took a shot. I took it handheld, though it may have been a better idea to use a tripod.
Lighting is from a flash on camera left, positioned low enough to bring out the text in the leather strap.
Taken using D7000, Tamron 60mm/f2.0 Macro lens. ISO100, f16, 1/200 Converted to B&W and a bit of a Sepia(ish) tone aded in Lightroom.
#20. "RE: Vivitar 70-150mm f3.8" In response to Reply # 19
>Ouch! Great shot, though. What is the light source?
I had just purchased this lens used and was taking a quick pic to show the seller the problem I had with the lens. I believe I used an LED flashlight shooting through the lens to show the fungus (on the rear element). It has 8 or 9 individual leds and I believe this is what's causing the hot spots on the lens elements. The front lighting would have been ambient light from either window and/or overhead lighting.
#21. "Voigtländer Vitessa T 1" In response to Reply # 0
I enjoyed shooting this series as a little hommage to the very first camera I ever grabbed. That was around 40 years ago. My father, who's 89, still proudly owns it. D300 Nikkor AF Micro 105 f2.8D @ 1/40s f3.3 ISO 200 window light