Tag Archives: 105 f/2.8 micro nikkor

Spring Tree

Spring Tree. Nikon D200. 105mm Micro Nikkor. ISO 1000. 1/400 sec at f/4.8. May, 2013. Copyright 2013 Joanne Mason.

Spring Tree. Nikon D200. 105mm Micro Nikkor. ISO 1000. 1/400 sec at f/4.8. May, 2013. Copyright 2013 Joanne Mason.

Let me describe what feels like an interesting phenomenon. Normally, shooting for black and white, one wants to try and think in black and white, to previsualize the scene in black and white (even though I’ll never use the black and white presets on the camera – I shoot raw). When shooting spring flowers and trees, though, I don’t see the black and white until after I start editing. The color, which is often exuberant, is what attracts me in the first place. But then when editing I find I want to render the image in black and white which seems to better portray the essence of the scene.  In the black and white image I can still sense the lush color of the original, but the black and white feels like a more sensitive (and sensual) rendition of it.

Lake

Lake. Nikon D200. 105mm Micro Nikkor. ISO 800. 1/200 sec at f/16. April 2013. Copyright Joanne Mason 2013.

Lake. Nikon D200. 105mm Micro Nikkor. ISO 800. 1/200 sec at f/16. April 2013. Copyright Joanne Mason 2013.

Here is a pleasant country lake scene in spring. (Click for larger.)

Fence

Fence. Nikon D200. 105mm Micro Nikkor. ISO 800. 1/2500 sec at f/4.8. April 2013. Copyright Joanne Mason 2013.

Fence. Nikon D200. 105mm Micro Nikkor. ISO 800. 1/2500 sec at f/4.8. April 2013. Copyright Joanne Mason 2013.

There’s something about a dirty old fence that gives it more character than a shiny freshly painted one. (Click for larger.)

Spring Bloom

Spring Bloom. Nikon D200. 105 mm Micro Nikkor. ISO 800. 1/4000 sec at f/4.8. April 2013. Copyright Joanne Mason 2013.

Spring Bloom. Nikon D200. 105 mm Micro Nikkor. ISO 800. 1/4000 sec at f/4.8. April 2013. Copyright Joanne Mason 2013.

A bud on a flowering tree, just beginning to open. (Click for larger.)

Spring in the Park

Spring in the Park. Nikon D200. 105mm Micro Nikkor. ISO 800. 1/1500 sec at f/5.6

Spring in the Park. Nikon D200. 105mm Micro Nikkor. ISO 800. 1/1500 sec at f/5.6. April 2013. Copyright Joanne Mason 2013.

Spring in Connecticut is in full bloom. I love the pastel colors of spring. This image is from a late afternoon stroll in the park on a lovely spring day. (Click for larger.)

New Rose

Rose. Nikon D200. Nikkor 105mm f/2.8. 105mm (Equiv 157mm). ISO 200. 1/500 sec at f/6.7. Copyright Joanne Mason 2012.

I would welcome feedback or opinions on this. This rose represents lots of post with some new techniques. I’m after a “painterly” effect here, also a real low-key approach; interested in what you think of it.

Iris

Bearded Iris. Nikon D200. Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8. 105mm (Equiv 157mm). ISO 200. 1/160 sec at f/5.6. Copyright Joanne Mason 2012.