P52 52/52 The End!

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I completed the Project without missing a week!

P52 52 of 52 The End!

I’d like to wish all my family, friends: real, and virtual a very Merry Christmas!

Nikon Df| AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8g| Hand-held|

More to come…

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Egg Noodles

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dedpxl06 The Egg

Nikon D700| AF-S 50mm f1.8g| SB910 camera left bounced off ceiling 45º, white reflector subject right, triggered via SU-800, Lexar Professional Digital Film

UPDATE on the RUFF! I read  a sad report on a birding forum that the Ruff was seen on the shore in its favorite corner of the salt pond this afternoon, but it has been wounded! The writer said blood was showing on both legs, and when it lifted its wings there was a wound under the wing. Speculation is the Falcon or Harrier that was seen there yesterday and this morning may have nicked it, his opinion is that the wound is fatal! Hoping that it will be rescued and nursed back to health.

Nature can be so cruel!

More to come…

P52 37/52 -Eggcruciating

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#dedpxl06 Eggcruciating!

Nikon AF-S 50mm f1.8G|f10| 1/125s| ISO 320| Nikon SB910 @1/4pwr camera left front bounced off white ceiling| Tripod

“All you need is Faith, Trust, and little bit of Pixie Dust.”~Tinkerbell

Copyright © 2014 Deborah M. Zajac. ALL RIGHTS RESERVE"All you need is Faith, Trust, and little bit of Pixie Dust." ~Tinkerbell is one of my favorite Disney characters so, when I saw this T-shirt at the Disney store I couldn’t resist purchasing it.

It’s washed and ready to wear. I’ll be pairing it with my White House/Black Market jeans, polka dot open toe-kitten heels, Dior sunglasses, and simple jewelry that I bought on a trip to London in 2006. The watch is Malachite and Mother of Pearl, the ear-rings are malachite both are made by PastTimes.

I used my new SU-800 Wireless Remote Commander to trigger my Speedlights. It’s super easy to use and can control up to 3 lights. It’s also a lot more affordable than 3 Pocket Wizards would have been.

More to come…

Nikon D700| AF-S Nikkor 50mm f1.8G| SB910|SB600 |SU-800

 

Woody Warrior Pose…well he’s working on it

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He was up and out really early this morning. If he thinks getting into these yoga poses are tough for a manikin…Ha! They’re just as tough for me some mornings.

Nikon D700s| Nikkor 2470 @28mm| 1/5s| ISO 640| Manual Priority| Hand-held

 

Testing the 24-70mm f2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor lens

Testing the 24-70mm f2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor lens

Testing the focus point, Bokeh, and filter threads with this shot. There won’t be charts and graphs in my testing. I’m just shooting still life, and portraits now. It handled the Canon 500D filter beautifully, and it went on the lens front without a problem.  The focus seems to be dead on, and I’m really liking the smooth Bokeh.

I bought this lens used. I’m getting a little braver with my used lens purchases you see, this was my first private purchase. My 2 previous used lens purchases were from a store. Although this purchase was a bit scarier I have a cushion. It was purchased from a friend of friend, and I do have a short window that the seller is allowing me test it and return it if it’s not as described.

If you’ve never purchased a used lens before you might want to start with a store like I did. When you venture into purchasing from a private seller there are some things you should ask upfront, and look for when you get the lens.

You’ll want to know the condition of the lens, why it’s being sold, has it ever been serviced, if so why? Does it come with the original caps, hood, packaging, and booklet?

Work out the price, shipping method, and terms, and find out about the return policy.

Once you get the lens look for cosmetic blemishes, look for scratches on the front and rear elements, scratches on the rear element are bad, small blemishes on the front element won’t hurt picture quality, make sure the blades don’t stick, look through the lens with a flashlight make sure there isn’t dust, and fungus,  or oil on the blades and look through both front and rear with the flashlight.

Make sure the switches work with ease,  looking at the rubber around the zoom ring, and focus ring  make sure it is secure and in good condition, and turns smoothly. Put a filter on it to make sure the threads are in good shape.  When you’re handling the lens there shouldn’t be anything rattling. The mount will most likely have some scratches or wear from mounting and removing it from a camera, but it should be solid and the pins should look clean.

When you get it on the camera make sure it doesn’t squeak, or make any unusual noises, gauge response and handling when zooming, and acquiring focus. Take both Auto-focus and Manual photos.  Take a variety of photos at all apertures, indoors and out. Then look at your photos and examine the quality of the photos.

I still need to get outdoors and shoot a landscape or two, and do some night photography to see how it handles flare, and lights to complete my tests, but so far I’m really liking what I’m seeing. It has handled everything I’ve shot very well.

Nikon D700| Nikkor 24-70 f2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor| SB600

Showy Spring Daisy

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Showy Spring Daisy, originally uploaded by dmzajac2004-.

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While walking Diva Dog this afternoon I stopped to take a couple of photos of Spring flowers growing around the neighborhood.

Then when I got home I started playing with a few of the iphone apps I’ve installed in the last month or so.

iPhone 3Gs processed wtih Snapseed, Iris, and AutoPainter