Howdy Everyone! Hope this finds you all well and enjoying Spring (Finally). I have had some time to experiement a bit and have tried a couple new areas to photograph. First thought, what new Gear have I purchased??
Strap: I went with the Black Rapid RS-7 but also did not like the idea of the tripod socket being used. Through some threads on Nikonites I found out about the Bos Tail by BossStrap. This connects to the left strap mount and allows the carabiner from the RS to connect to it. Works well, my only reservation was if the metal parts clanked against the camera. They normally don't but can hit my battery grip. I put a post on Nikonites featuring the rubber spray I found and I sprayed the metal rings with a black rubber layer. Looks and works good!
Battery Charger: I picked up the Pearstone 4 hour Charger. This and a Maha unit were reviewed on YouTube by Corey (Faymus Media). I chose the Pearstone as I liked the 12 volt auto adapter inclided and I did not need the 1 hour Charge available with Maha. The Pearstone was also less expensive. Both units will charge up to 8 cells in any configuration of AA and/or AAA, singly or multiple and mixed AA/AAA at the same time. Both also offer a "Recondition Cycle) which completely discharges the cells before charging.
5 in 1 Reflectors: I had seen many reviews on these units and recently I had 2 shoots that I did, both of which would have benefited from one of these. They are quite resonably priced so I got 2, a 43" (Portrait & Outdoors) and a small 22" that I can use with tabletop stuff. I have already used that one twice.
The last Item purchased was a Nikon 18 - 105 Zoom. This was typically a kit lens for the D90 and D7000. I do use my kit 18-55 a lot but need a bit longer reach (I have a 55-300 but dont always carry) so I plan to replace the 18-55 with the 105. I also had a 55-200 which I am selling and likely will also sell the 18-55. Those 2 sold will pay for my 105 as I bought a Factory Refurb from Adorama. I expect my 200 to be picked up today and my 105 arrives tomorrow.
Whats up with photos? I have been doing a few experiments, some strobist stuff and working on some Night Photography. My last strobist project did not work as I did not have a proper glass and it distorted what I was shooting
Here is a muliple self image I did:
This was a Contest Night shot: Excellent Reviews but I did not place
Here are a few other recent night shots:
I have been busy at the pond collecting wildlife photos, ducks, geese, and birds. Also doing my industrial stuff. Nice now is I am starting to spot a few flowers as Spring has finally arrived. I have grabbed a few photo's already. I am waiting for the results of one contest (not that pleased with my entries) and nowplanning my shots for the next two. I enjoy the contests, gives me a "target to shoot, forces me to get creative and I enjoy reviewing my shots compared to the other entries. It is fun and I am learning!
Thats it for today... Go out and be creative, shoot something Different!