Wednesday, September 30, 2009

New glass - Tamron SP 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Dii

I was in a bit of a quandary as I needed fast glass for an upcoming assignment for the Church, I ended up getting this sweet little zoom. It's so light! Most f/2.8 zooms are, by design, inherently a little heavy due to the amount of elements involved, this one is lighter than the 16-85mm VR. It has 67mm threads, just as do my other three zooms. To boot, it has a built-in motor so I can have AF with the D40, although it's not ultrasonic.

Th best part of all of this - the lens is made in Japan! That was a pleasant surprise. Ironically enough, my Nikon zooms (and both bodies) are made in Thailand.

I snapped a few quick files for evalauation, it seems this will be very useful for my demanding weekend of shooting.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Colors after the rain

My big fear is that many of the fall colors and associated leaves could be scattered after heavy rains and wind, we got some of that, today. Hopefully, my goal to capture the colors at their maximum peak won't dissipate with the weather; just in case, I will try to capture what I can, colors are often super-saturated after rain.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

The temple always looks wonderful

I had to visit two wards, today, I took advantage of some interesting early-morning light and some amazing colors at the temple grounds. It seems to always be worthwhile to take a camera with me my travels, something usually transpires that ends up on my blog.

D40 and 16-85mm VR.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Cold autumn morning

My oil furnace surely knows when fall arrives, it wakes up after a couple months of rest. I am no fan of cold temperatures, but I know photo opps exist when the time to shoot is not always the most comfortable. An early-morning stroll with the D80 and 16-85mm VR rewarded me with these files.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Fog in the fall

It hasn't been an overly-eventful week for images, colors are starting to come, but the peak will not be until about the first of October. Still, I am able to find some drama and mood with fog any time of year.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

I already have had my share of fall colors!

Well, summer is still officially here, but it's just about over, and the autumn season will be soon ushered in. Of course, photographers love the fall due to its glorious colors. You'd think this would be blase and old hat after 25 years, but I am always excited about later September and early October.

I pass this every day to/from work and on Sundays, it seems I can find drama and mood by the edge of the LaHave River.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Hunts Point government wharf

It seems the Lighthouse Route has unending photographic possibilities for those who are tourists or anyone who can appreciate the beauty of the coastline of Nova Scotia. It's not unusual for me to capture images of the local fisherman getting ready for the next season's work, it's an ongoing venture for these people.

Day 5 of my vacation

I took the D80 and 70-300mm for a walks as the sun began to warm the earth, it's bloody cold this time of year! The early-morning sun shafts so sweetly through the trees, there are no flies nor wind, this is the best time of year for a photographer as the fall colors are starting to come alive.

I am very satisfied with my vacation images, I hope the best is yet to come.

Friday, September 18, 2009

An old friend is back

My D40 returned a few days ahead of schedule, I thought it would not arrive until next week. I foolishly tried to clean its focusing screen and messed it up, royally. Lesson learned. I forgot how light this thing is, and how easy is is to operate. Although it's "only" 6 MP, I have taken some gems with the D40 and it's not hard to see why it was a roaring success for Nikon.

Seems like it's working just fine...........

Day 4 of my vacation

I didn't have time on Wednesday to visit one of my favourite government wharves, the one in West Berlin. This little treasure always looks a bit different each time I come here, colors abound and low tide affords the opportunity to capture some wildlife.