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Posted by david fletcher on Sun Aug 28, 2022 12:49 pm

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This image is mainly about sharing my journey rather than showing a "finished" article.

I've noticed many impressive close ups by members using a 100-400 rather than the expected 100 macro etc.  Moving to a Z series, I'm weighing up my options on what might be the best option for an image and therefore, setting up the Z kit accordingly.

Yesterday was an old 105 Nikkor on the Z9.  Showed more detail but had its own challenges.  This image, being nothing more than a "lets see" job, whilst adequate, leaves me with the realisation, of apples and oranges.  (using the right tool for each job).  

Guess all I've learned, is to decide what area I want to work in, or keep my options open and spend the money.   We only live once, so I know that answer...


On a side note, in the past, I have made some very nice dry red wine from these berries...  Sloe Gin is another fav', so plenty of goodness to offer... 

Apologies.  Techs were Z9 and 100-400 S Z Nikkor.  1/320 F5.6 ISO 1250 HH.
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by Carol Clarke on Sun Aug 28, 2022 3:37 pm
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Nicely done!  Interesting to see your previous hawthorn berries and now this sloe berry.  Have you noticed how heavy the berry crop is this year after the awful heat and drought! - Walking Jack this past couple of weeks I have been amazed to see such an abundance of heavy branches absolutely laden with the different berries - and all looking lush, even with the drought.  Also blackberries in the hedgerows all plump and juicy.  How do they do it when they've been starved of water and roasted in the hot sun!  Excuse my ramblings.....  :D 

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by Tom Whelan on Sun Aug 28, 2022 7:55 pm
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Nicely done - a close-focusing long lens is a great choice for closeups, though as you write, not for all images.
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by david fletcher on Mon Aug 29, 2022 3:45 am
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Carol Clarke wrote:
Nicely done!  Interesting to see your previous hawthorn berries and now this sloe berry.  Have you noticed how heavy the berry crop is this year after the awful heat and drought! - Walking Jack this past couple of weeks I have been amazed to see such an abundance of heavy branches absolutely laden with the different berries - and all looking lush, even with the drought.  Also blackberries in the hedgerows all plump and juicy.  How do they do it when they've been starved of water and roasted in the hot sun!  Excuse my ramblings.....  :D 

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Thanks Carol and Tom.  Yup.. A very heavy berry crop this year.  Odd how it's worked out after the lack of rain and heat.  
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by matty on Mon Aug 29, 2022 12:18 pm
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excellent shooting, as far as the lenses are concerned, it depends on what you want to do, for close macro shots you need a dedicated macro lens, if you want to do macro close up you can also do it with tele lenses.. :wink:
 

by david fletcher on Mon Aug 29, 2022 1:54 pm
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matty wrote:
excellent shooting, as far as the lenses are concerned, it depends on what you want to do, for close macro shots you need a dedicated macro lens, if you want to do macro close up you can also do it with tele lenses.. :wink:



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by Cynthia Crawford on Mon Aug 29, 2022 7:02 pm
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Hmmmm-I like this, and I can see you are enjoying the journey. I tend to use my long lens (Nikon 500PF) for macro...mostly because it's always on my D500, ready for birds. ;). But it's also nice to catch a butterfly that would otherwise fly away if I got close. Luckily, a berry generally sits still...until it's distilled, that is. (errr....) Gin anyone?
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by david fletcher on Tue Aug 30, 2022 4:37 am
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Thank you Cindy. Brought chuckle...
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by Darren5907 on Sun Sep 11, 2022 1:36 pm
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Looks good to me. :)
 

by david fletcher on Mon Sep 19, 2022 9:35 am
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Thanks Darren. Appreciated.
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