Monday, February 3, 2014

"My Father's Son Nikon - Nikkor Lenses"


The Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 AI-s has been a hit since it was introduced in 1979.  The one my father gave me still works perfectly on my Nikon D7000 DSLR.  It is tack sharp at every aperture, distance, diffraction limited by f/5.6 in the center. see page 159 Non - CPU Lenses Nikon D7000 User's Manuel to set up this and up to nine non-cpu lenses. It is manual-focus only, and I found the Micro-Nikkor 55mm works best in Mode A(aperture-priority auto)starting at f/8.0, f/11, even f/16 for flower micros.

"Gazania" - Nikon D7000, ISO 320,  Micro-Nikkor 55mm
1:2.8 lens (set f/16.0), 1/160 sec Camera Raw, handheld
"Iris" - Nikon D7000, ISO 320, Micro-Nikkor 55mm
1:2.8 lens (set f/16.0), 1/125 sec Camera Raw handheld
"Parry's Penstemon" - Nikon D7000, ISO 320, Micro-Nikkor 55mm
1:2.8 lens (set f/8.0), 1/80 sec Camera Raw, handheld
+Rimgaudas Vidziunas

Thursday, January 30, 2014

"Dodge Power Wagon" - Along the Trail - Australian Drover's Shed

The Dodge Power Wagon is a four wheel light truck produced from 1945 through 1980.  The early version was based on the WC series of Dodge 3/4 ton Military trucks produced during World War II.  The Power Wagon, as a Civilian vehicle, continued the lineage of Dodge four wheel drive design concepts and representing a significant predecessor to the many four wheel drive trucks in modern use today.



Dodge Power Wagon - Note:State of Arizona
Australian Drover's Shed
Australian Drover's Shed
 
Dodge Power Wagon - Australia License Plate

Thursday, January 9, 2014

"Hot Duck" + "Cold Drink" = "Cold Duck"

In the early 70's, "Cold Duck" was a popular party wine, it is basically champagne with sparkling burgundy, a touch of sugar.  The wine was invented by Harold Borgman, the owner of Pontchartrain Wine Cellars, Detroit, Michigan.  Legend has it that German monks were ordered to mix all the dreds of unfinished wine bottles with Champagne, producing Kaltes Ende ("cold end" in German) later humorously altered to Kalte Ente meaning "cold duck".

Andres Wines introduced their version of Cold Duck in Canada in the mid-1960s.

Andres Cold Duck

Inspired by "Cold Duck', the drink...it quacks me up...photo taken New Years Day 2014.

"Hot Duck" +  Cold Drink" = "Cold Duck"

#Photography by Rimgaudas




Friday, January 3, 2014

the Golden Hour

In Photography, the Golden Hour, is the first and last hour of sunlight during the day when a specific photographic effect is achieved due to the quality of the light.
 Sunrise was at 7:32am New Years Day 2014.  Below are examples:

"Canada Geese"  at 7:15am #Nikon D7000, Nikkor 70-200mm lens,
ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/640 sec Camera Raw, tripod
Post-Processing: #Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.3

"Canada Geese" at 7:30am #Nikon D7000, Nikkor 70-200mm lens,
ISO 800, 1/500 sec Camera Raw, tripod
Post-Processing: #Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.3

"Canada Geese" at 7:45am #Nikon D7000, Nikkor 70-200mm lens,
ISO 800, f/5.6 1/160 sec Camera Raw, tripod
Post-Processing: #Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.3


Monday, December 30, 2013

Do I have a 'Personal Favorite'...'Channeling Two Masters"...

 "Yes, the one I'm capturing... or the one I'm editing in post-processing..."

However one image has very special meaning I titled, "Channeling Two Masters, For Whom the Bell Tolls"...For Whom the Bell Tolls, a novel by Ernest Hemingway published in 1940, tells the story of a young American attached to a republican guerilla unit during the Spanish Civil War.  I've seen the Bell embedded in the stone wall many times of the Smith Building at +Boyce Thompson Arboretum, One day I was finishing up a photo walk at the Arboretum, a 'tilt swivel lens' attached to my Nikon D7000, looked up and the title "For Whom the Bell Tolls' went through my mind as I was composing my masterpiece.  Hemingway's book title is taken from the metaphysical poet John Donne's series of meditations and prayers on health, pain and sickness written while Donne was convalescing from a nearly fatal illness.

"For Whom the Bell Tolls' -  a novel by Ernest Hemingway
an image by +Rimgaudas Vidziunas 

Channeling two masters, Ernest Hemingway and Ansel Adams, who used 'tilt swivel lens, inspired  the above composition. Note the 'selective focus' on the Bell.  Earlier, in the the morning another Hemingway inspiration.

"Write Drunk, Edit Sober" - Ernest Hemingway
 an image by +Rimgaudas Vidziunas 

Some say, "Hey Rim! You take pictures like Ansel Adams, write like Hemingway and look like both.

"Channeling Two Masters" - +Rimgaudas Vidziunas 

Saturday, December 28, 2013

the 'Birds' are Back in Town...the 'Birds' are Back in Town

From yesterday's 'Bird Photography'

I get up early around 4:30 am to take pictures during the 'Golden Hour'.  In photography, the Golden Hour is the first and last hour of sunlight during the day when a specific photographic effect is achieved due to the quality of light.

Gilbert Riparian Preserve. Gilbert, Arizona is one of the best places in the United States to view and take pictures of 'water fowl'.  These 'snow birds' have come down to the Preserve for the winter, and even continue to Mexico. When it gets too hot in Mexico, they head back to Arizona and further north.

The Canada Goose is a goose with a black head and neck, white patches on the face, and a brown body.

Canada Goose in Golden Hour

The Great Blue Heron is a large wading bird common near the shores of open water and in wetlands over most of North America and Central America.

Great Blue Heron in Golden Hour

The Great Egret also know as Common Egret, Large Egret or Great White Heron.

Great Egret in Golden Hour

Photo credit/Post processing: Photography by Rimgaudas  +Rimgaudas Vidziunas 

a bit chilly 'Rim" Vidziunas, Photographer

Monday, December 16, 2013

In December, We Enjoy all Four Seasons...at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

 Fall Chinese Pistache leaves Along the Trail in Picnic Area




Winter Pine Cone Between Rocks



and Spring Purple Cactus Flowers in Demonstration Garden