Here is a floral arrangement I made a few days ago at the Rolling Hills Library in Saint Joseph. It was fun! I shot these images with my Nikon D600, one Nikon SB-600 and one Yongnuo YN560EX flash. Both flashes were triggered by the pop-up on camera flash on my camera that was set to commander mode. My lens was a 50mm 1.4 nikkor.
Top photo is of a Jackalope statue from the small town of Wall South Dakota. The Jackalope is thought to be an elusive creature but in reality those little critters are hopping all over the Dakotas! I captured this second photo of a young Jackalope, whose antlers had not grown in yet, in 2008. Alas, these are the only photos I have of this majestic animal. For more photos taken in the Dakotas with my Holga camera please click on the either of the Jackalopes pictured above.
Here is my slide copying setup. I am using my Nikon D600 with my Tamron 90mm macro lens mounted to the front of it. Then I have a 55-52 step down ring, a 52-52 macro reverse adapter, a 46-52 step up ring, a Panasonic lumix L5 adapter tube, and finally a Nikon ES-1 slide copying adapter all mounted to the front of the Tamron lens. The reason for all the adapters between the Tamron lens and the ES-1 is because I need the extra space between the two so I can focus the lens and fill the frame of the camera. I am shooting into a softbox attached to a Yongnuo YN560EX flash by a Interfit Flex Mount. The Yongnou is triggered by the on-camera flash on the D600 set to commander mode. I think this setup is going to work really well for me. Now I have to figure out how to run negative strips through the ES-1 so I can get them digitized too. I am thinking of making a negative carrier out of some thin cardboard that will allow the negative strips to be pulled gently through. I have more pictures of my setup and a picture of the first slide I have copied on my flickr page. Just click on one of the photos above to get there!
Picked green beans from my overly weedy garden for nearly an hour yesterday evening. Don’t think I’ll include a photo of my little garden because it’s overrun with grassy weeds and it’s kind of embarrassing. They aren’t 10 feet tall or anything but some are going head to head with the beans. The weeds may be a blessing in disguise though because I only saw one 8 legged monster lurking amongst the vegetables. I know I would have seen a number of them if the weeds weren’t covering the ground. *Shudder* Had I seen more I would not be having delicious green beans for lunch today! It is a well know fact that I despise spiders. I say that 2 legs are fine, 4 legs are fine, 6 legs….that’s pushing it, but eight legs…that’s just sinister. So, yes I would say that the weeds are a blessing as well as a benefit to my garden. I mean they provide the veggies with a little bit of shade from the blazing hot afternoon sun. Right? Well, for sure they provided me with a feeling of security. Even if it was a false sense (I know those devils are everywhere!). Anyway, here are some pictures from the first harvest about a week ago and my harvest from last night. Notice that Bean Inspector General Tiger was ever vigilante in the inspection of the beans so that they met up with standards. He is all about quality control. Also, notice my stylish leopard print bean picking bag that I collected all my tasty little friends in. I say gardening doesn’t have to lack in fashion and good taste (pun intended). I say rock those hot pink garden gloves, own that cute sun hat, work those comfy crocs…wait. Okay, maybe the crocs are taking it a bit far. But, if that is your thing go for it! However, I will say that speaking of footwear I prefer something with a little more heft. Just in case I need to stomp something…with 8 legs. I mean let’s be practical, sometimes functionality comes before style!
So, I have a bunch of 35mm negatives from when I was in school and I am looking for a way to get them converted to digital. If you have seen my post on DIY lightbox then you know that I have used that method to digitize my family negatives. I thought that this method worked pretty good for my larger square format negatives but didn’t love it for my 35mm. Recently, I have been looking into the Nikon ES-1 slide copy attachment as a possible way of getting the job done. Here is the link to a page that really got my curiosity going about the attachment. Through the Nikon F Mount- How to Digitize your slides and Negatives It quickly got added to my digitizing Pinterest board. My Digitizing Pinterest Board
I think I am done digitizing all of my old family photos. The included picture shows how I made my diy lightbox out of a storage tote, some foam board, and a piece of frosted plastic. The flash is inside the green tote. I lined the inside of the tote with the white foam board because I thought that would bounce the light from the flash around in the tote thus giving better illumination. I put the larger square negatives in enlarger holders that were about the same size to hold them down flat. I put the 35mm negatives in an 35mm film scanner holder to keep them flat. Then I placed the holder with the negative on the lightbox and took a photograph from above looking down. I triggered my off camera Nikon SB-600 flash that was in the tote with the pop up flash on my Nikon D600. The lens I used was my Tamron 90mm Macro. Why didn’t I just use the film scanner I have? It takes a lot longer and I didn’t think the results were as good. Plus, I got to feel like MacGyver putting my diy lightbox together!