J.S. Bach

J.S. Bach, originally uploaded by dmzajac2004-.

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J.S. Bach is my “go to” composer when I want to play the piano. I struggle to play him well, but I love his music.

This little bust of J.S. Bach sits on top of my piano.
I’ve been using my Strobe/Speedlight a bit more and I’d like to acheive a level of proficiency with it.
It’s more intimating than learning the ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed triangle!

Nikon D700| Nikkor 50mm @f8| 1/60s| ISO 200| Manual Priority| Hand-held | SB600 @ 1/2 power


Prevailing Winds


Prevailing Winds, originally uploaded by dmzajac2004-.

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I’ve been wanting to do some Night Industrial photography this year and have stopped by here numerous times looking for steam. Last night there was finally steam, but a good wind too which unfortunately for this area is normal. I will be going back to photograph this again. I think at night this plant transforms into a sparkling beauty.
I also think it looks futuristic. I am reminded of Aurthor C. Clark’s book Earthlight. I can imagine the Republics he created on Mars, Venus, and the Moon looking like this.

Earthlight was one of the first Sci-fi novels I read back in late 70’s. I still have that book. The price tag says it was $1.50.
Nikon D700| Nikkor 24mm AF-D @ f10| 25 seconds| ISO 200| Tripod|


Hounds Tongue

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Yesterday while hiking the Dorn Trail in Clear Lake, CA I saw this wildflower called Hounds Tongue. It’s named for its broad leaves which you can’t see here. To get this macro view I used 3 extensions tubes; the Kenko

36mm, 20mm, and 12mm with my Nikkor 50mm f1.8 prime lens. It took some patience to get the focus lined up. The depth of field is really shallow even using all 3 tubes, and stopping down to f11. I really think I need a focusing rail.

I’d like to get one that doesn’t break the bank since I really only do macro photography in the Spring and Summer when flowers are abundant.  Are you using a focusing rail? Recommendations are welcome!

Nikon D700| Nikkor 50mm w/ Kenko extension Tubes| f11| 1/4 sec| ISO 200| Manual mode & focus| Tripod- I think I used flash too on this shot.