Saturday, December 25, 2010

Surf Dude

I took this picture last week.  I was surprised to see these guys surfing this early.  I thought that January - February was really surfing season in our area.  I did not realize that it started from December.  Luckily I had my camera with me!




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Merry Christmas


These pictures were taken last weekend on the western side of the island.  At this time of the year the sunsets are so beautiful and breathtaking.  I just had to take the evening to go and take some pictures.  I left home about 4:30pm and drove to west end.  The sun sets at about 5:30pm.  I was able to get pictures as it was descending.  Just awesome!





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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Lens Hood

I received a lens hood with my Nikkor 55-200mm lens and decided to do some research on the uses/need of it. 
A lens hood or lens shade is a device used on the end of a lens to block the sun or other light source in order to prevent glare and lens flare.

Well, you are not required to use one, but if there are some very good reasons to do so.

The primary use for a lens hood is to prevent light from hitting the front lens element from the sides - reducing contrast and creating flare. Pictures taken with a lens hood installed will generally have richer colors, deeper saturation.

A secondary use for a lens hood is to protect the lens. The damage prevented can range from a finger-printed front element (a minor inconvenience) to a broken lens (possibly a major expense - and lost pictures). Lens hoods are generally strong and stick out from the lens some distance. Accidental touches and scratches to the front element are reduced simply because the glass is difficult to reach. Some impact protection is gained from having a sacrificial part taking the blow. Of course, ultra wide angle lenses have very short hoods that offer very little protection.

Lens hoods on longer focal length lenses offer some front lens element protection from rain and dust. The hood helps to keep the front element clean and dry. Of course, if your lens is not weather sealed, you should not let it get wet in the first place.

A small convenience tip: If the lens hood fits too tightly for your liking, add a little body oil to the threads. Your body oil - from your forehead, nose ... The hood will be much easier to twist on.

Get in the habit of always using a lens hood!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Turtle Doves





Its so funny, the method I used to take these pictures.  As I saw these birds, I took about three  pictures, then I took about six, slow, quite steps towards.  I did this about four times until I realized that the birds were getting a bit 'spooked' and would fly away if I got any closer. Of course I had my telephoto lens mounted on my Nikon D60.






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BVI bird


Pearly-eyed Thrasher





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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Pelican




I initially named this page Seagull and my friend educated me and informed me that this is a Pelican. Oops.....!!!!



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Nikkor 55-200mm lens

This my Nikkor 55-200mm lens (with hood) attached to my Nikon d60 camera.  I finally got it!!! The black thing next to the camera is a protective bag to put the lens in.








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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Slow School

Some more great pictures that were taken on Sunday December 5. I felt happy and proud when I took these pictures. I felt as if I had accomplished alot. One picture is with the school sign in focus and other other the sign is out of focus.










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Religious Flags


This is a typical sight, near any river, in Trinidad.  They are planted by members of a Hindu religion group.  Anytime they have their religious ceremony at this beach, they go to this particular spot.  I was lucky to get this youngster running back to his vehicle!

If I remember correctly, members of the Baptist faith use these flags as well.






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Hibicus

I had a great photo day on Sunday 5, the weather was great and I made some head way with my macro photos using the close up filters. These are some of the results. Not too bad. But needs some perfecting. I had to set the focus to manual.












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Hop Scotch


I remember these days but don't know if I spelt the name of the game correctly!






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Friday, December 3, 2010

Sad

Yesterday I received my Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD Macro Zoom Lens for Konica Minolta and Sony Digital SLR.  I was so excited to take pictures with my new lens.  But I had problems mounting the lens to my Nikon D60 camera.  I spent about three hours doing research on if I had purchased the correct lens for my camera.

This morning I was speaking to a friend and she was telling that maybe I would have to purchase a adaptor or convertor to be able to attach the lens to my camera.  Another friend advised that doing that, may cost me to lose quality in my pictures.  He said that the better thing to do is to return the lens and purchase get another one. 

Well I just ordered another one - Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR [Vibration Reduction] Nikkor Zoom Lens - and based on what my friend told me today, I think I purchase the correct lens for my camera.

The following is a review on this lens











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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Fustrated!


I went walking on Monday November 30, 2010 and decided to take some close up pictures (with the close up filters installed) of the hibicus flower.  I spent 20 minutes trying to get the perfect picture!  My camera was having great difficulty focusing on my object.  It was quite fustrating.  This is the only picture that I got, it is not too bad but it is not good enough for me.  I want a more perfect 'shot'.  I could have taken at least 50 pictures within that time frame!  By the time I was done, I was sweating.  A fun moment was fun no more!

I should be receiving my zooms lens today, so excited!!






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