Tickle my Bum

Tickle my Bum, originally uploaded by dmzajac2004-.

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Way back in May a friend and I went to the famous Frog Jumping Fair in Angel’s Camp, California.
The frogs need a bit of coaxing.
The judge encourages the contestants to “give em a little tickle on the bum.”

A lot of the time the frogs would jump backwards toward the shade and the pond they were so rudely pulled out of to come be the star of the show!

I didn’t do too well shooting the frogs in the air. I wasn’t as skilled as I would like to be anticipating where they would jump… when they did jump. I hope I get the opportunity to go again. It’s silly, and a lot of fun to watch.

Nikon D90| Nikkor 70-300mm @ 300mm| f8| 1/400 sec| ISO 200| Manual Mode| Hand-held

Giving it the Ole College Try

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I wrote the date down for June’s full moon and it’s position to set over the San Francisco skyline back in Feb. I had hoped I would be able to photograph it, but you know what they say about, “The best laid plans…”
I had work scheduled early this particular week on the days of the full moon setting, so couldn’t make it up to the city. The first free morning I had to try it was Friday. The moon was 98% full, and a lot higher than I had wanted it to be, but I wanted to try it anyway. Practice! Had I waited for the Moon to be lower where I really wanted it, it would have been daylight and too bright. By 5:30a.m. it was too light. So light that the lights on the bridge went off then!
The belt of Venus is lovely isn’t it. The skyline was diffused by a light fog hanging over the city.
I love it when even the failures are fun, and the view is pretty, and friend Downhill Dali who is so NOT a morning person got up, met me, and went up to the city with me to shoot. Thanks Dali!

Nikon D90| Nikkor 17-35 @ 24mm| f11| 30 seconds| ISO 200| Manual Mode| Tripod

Nikon USA End of Quarter Cleaning!

Thom Hogan pointed out on his blog yesterday that Nikon USA is cleaning out their shelves and has sent a lot of refurbished stock to B&H.

There are 6 page of items today. There are D60’s, and D90’s, and a few newer entry-level DSLR’s like the D3000.  The B&H full list is here.

Ice Café

Someone on a forum I’m in wanted to know how well the Nikkor 35mm f/2 performed in low light with moving subjects. They had taking photos of their children in their home in mind.

I have that lens, and have found it to perform quite well for me in low light. One such time was last Christmas while on a cruise. I had the pleasure of catching the Royal Caribbean Ice Skating show. Armed with my Nikon D90 and 35mm f/2 from the 4th row I managed to get  quite a lot of good shots using only ambient light. The lens didn’t hunt, and found focus fast, and my D90 performed quite well too. For ISO 1250 there is very little noise.

This little lens is a gem. It does cost more than the new  35mm f/1.8, but the f/2 version is FX or DX, and has a metal mount. If you even think you’ll be adding a Full Frame camera to your kit in the future get the f/2 version.

35mm, f2, 1/500s, ISO 1250, Shutter Priority

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35mm, f/2, 1/1000s, ISO 1250, Shutter Priority

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35mm, f/2, 1/1000s, ISO 1250, Shutter Priority

© Copyright 2010 Deborah M. Zajac.  All Rights Reserved.