Sunday, April 20, 2008


Untitled 3524: Nikon D80, Nikkor 70-300/f4.5-5.6 G-ED (AF-S); 300 mm, 1/60, f5.6, exposure 1600. Clearly aiming for a very shallow DOF here, and achieved.

Untitled 3525: Nikon D80, Nikkor 70-300/f4.5-5.6 G-ED (AF-S); 185 mm, 1/60, f5.3, exposure 1600. With this particular lens, you can crank open further depending on focal length (hence the f4.5-5.6 notation in the lens description). By backing out from 300 to 185mm, I was able to stop up.

Untitled 3527: Nikon D80, Nikkor 70-300/f4.5-5.6 G-ED (AF-S); 300 mm, 1/60, f5.6, exposure 1600. Including the fern shots in the last post, I think this is my favorite shot. The smoke acts almost as a bend in space here: notice the red flowerpot it in the background and how it seems to change dimension around the smoke.

I started rebuilding a Tamron SP 80-200 Friday afternoon and I'm afraid I will be unable to finish the job. Some of the screws are rusted into the housing and I don't know if I can tap/die them without screwing things up. Too bad. That SP is also f2.8 across the 80-200, with some other figures that belie its original $2,200 cost (if I'm figuring inflation right). Currently, this lens, completely manual, runs about $400 per on eBay, 28 years after its introduction. I wish I could solve mine.
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1 comment:

Sarah Gail Hedlund said...

I was just reading the David Lynch interview book "Lynch on Lynch" and he was talking about why he has so many smokers in his films. He talked about smokes ability to be ever changing and it's organic movement. He also had a few things to say about photographs of smoke, you should check it out. Good book.