Sep. 23. – The Day After…

Time to grab my new lens – a Sigma EX 70-200mm 1:2,8 – and make some exercises in free hand shooting what means for me “keep the camera calm – OOOOOOOOOOOOM…”. This lens has no image stabilisator and the same lens from Nikon was a bit too expensive for me. But I wanted the performance – NOW!!!!

# 1 – Our cat Tony (hard to catch):

f = 110 mm

F 2,8

1/640 sec.

ISO 800

# 2 – Critter On The Rose – a crop

f = 160 mm



ISO 800

14 responses

  1. Beautiful. Love the critter on the rose. Nice work!

    2010/09/23 at 2:06 pm

    • Thank you Ladywise. I made it when I allowed me a short break (I was gathering images and collected them on one page for the crane project I make a documentary for) instead of smoking a cigarette. Photographing is good for my health – again!!!

      2010/09/24 at 3:54 pm

  2. Wow. The rose pic is amazing!

    2010/09/23 at 5:04 pm

    • Thank you kimkiminy. I for one particularly love this image ’cause it is the first rose that reflorished after the cruel hot summer days here.

      2010/09/24 at 7:02 pm

  3. Great pictures. Your kitty is very cute and the pic of the rose with the little critter is quite amazing in it’s detail!

    2010/09/23 at 5:44 pm

    • I’m still working at that subject – as long as the weather is fair. But now? RAIN 😦 what means I have to look for some moody motifs the next days….

      2010/09/24 at 7:12 pm

  4. Great shots my friend..I know from music..getting used to new equiptment is fun but can be tough..for me there is the..I do not want to wear it opposed to ‘practice with what you perform with..Peace Tony

    2010/09/24 at 5:19 pm

  5. @ music: for me it’s my new upright bass I have to fight with *ggg*.

    2010/09/24 at 7:14 pm

  6. So creative! I love the shot of the fly on the flower. You can sell that!

    2010/09/25 at 2:09 pm

    • Thank you so much. I particularly appreciate your feedback because I admire your great work in macro photography.

      2010/09/28 at 5:55 am

  7. Whoa! That’s a great lens! Congratulations! I bet you’re thrilled to explore what it might do for your photography. Great choice 🙂

    2010/09/25 at 10:12 pm

    • Oh yes, I’m very happy with the great performance of that lens. The only compromise I had to make is to waive an image stabilisator, but I saved a lot of money that I don’t have and learn to keep cool by holding the camera. Good for my skills 😉

      Thank you Raymond… always a great pleasure to hear from you!

      2010/09/28 at 6:15 am

  8. New toys are always fun to play with! And I know how hard it is to get some citters, I have to try multiple times to get good shots of my Chestnut, he always seems to blur when things aren’t just perfect for him. Spoiled brat. lol

    2010/09/26 at 10:52 pm

    • Yeah, I know that. That’s why I had to find the best settings for the autofocus for me what means the less help from the camera the better for me. I for one chose the one-spot focussing modus, that’s the way I get the highest “lucky strike rate”… By the way I estimate the DOF was about less than 1 inch.

      … oh, a chestnut is hard to take, it’s so – round ;-)… I should try it! Thank you so much for this exercise!

      2010/09/28 at 6:29 am

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