Archive for Nikon 60mm

Green Rays with a Nikon D600.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on June 16, 2015 by yammerman


I took these at Christmas last year when my brother gave me a torch that you can strap to your head and a set of coloured filters. When I thanked him for it he suggested I do some creative photography and so I found myself in the cold dark garden, my blood alcohol levels reasonably high with my newly acquired Nikon D600 and a tripod.

I used two Nikon lenses, a 24-85mm zoom and a 60mm macro on manual and inevitably slow speeds, just to see what I could produce.  It took a while to figure out how to get anything interesting but eventually I started to like the movement effect I was getting. Thankfully the neighbours remained unaware of my cavorting in the darkness with a light strapped to my head and eventually handheld for better control.

The Green Flash is a phenomenon seen after sunset or before sunrise when a green spot or flash is observed above the sun or as a flash from the sunset point. It is caused by the atmosphere separating the sun’s light. A rare optical occurrence, it has been used by a few artists including Jules Verne in his Green Ray  novel,  Eric Rohmer in his film of the same title.

In Jules Verne, the Green Ray is missed because the hero and heroine are too busy staring in to each other’s eyes. I guess this is the kind of thing Tim Hunt was musing on when ‘joking’ about women in science. There is no truth in the rumours that, in Verne’s sequel, the lovers later separated due to the constant bickering over whose fault it was that they missed that damned Green Ray.

In Rohmer’s film, the heroine Delphine is having trouble in the dating game until she over hears  a conversation about Jules Verne’s book and learns  that ‘when one sees a rare green flash at sunset – our own thoughts and those of others are revealed as if by magic’.  I think I saw the film 20 odd years ago, so *spoiler alert*: Delphine finds her man; they see the Green Ray; and, I guess, live happily ever after.  I suppose this is as sound as any other method for choosing a mate but, if it doesn’t work out for you, don’t come a looking for me.

I think my own Green Ray reveals me as a dyslexic Mekon with a bad case of camera shake – smart ladies will choose to move on.

A Few Shots with a Nikon F3 and 60mm Macro

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 4, 2014 by yammerman


Further use of the Nikon F3  using the 60mm Macro, which has always been a favourite for both film and digital.  A stroll to the pier and then some macro in the garden. It was all going so well until I discovered the back of the camera opened as I rewound the second roll. Give light a second and it does it worst to those grains of silver. A  deep sigh then processed and found to be ruined so straight in the bin. Naturally the second had the award winning images on so that was a damn shame. Here is the best of the first roll.

Shot with  Ilford FP4 at 125 processed in Rodinal/Adonal 1 to 50 for 12 minutes at 21 degrees.

Fomapan in the Garden with Nikon F100 and 60mm Macro

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 2, 2012 by yammerman

I wanted to test my processing after the dust on the last batch of B&W so, before I went on holiday, I shot a roll of Fomapan 200 and when the sun shone briefly yesterday I shot another. I used my Nikon F100 and 60mm macro in the garden.

I processed in Rodinal 1+50 for 10 minutes at 20 degrees and used the same stop and fix as last time. The only change I made was some  new Kodak photo flow for drying as I suspected the last lot was getting old. They dried quickly and looked fine but when I scanned them it was like a starry starry night with white specks in abundance. Much nashing of teeth and cursing left me trying to figure out the problem.

I was convinced it must be dust on the scanner glass so I gave that a good clean and tried again with pretty much the same result. I then had a close look as the negatives and could see a myriad of tiny black specks . My instinct is the problem is in the emulsion and it is some flaw with the film.

The only other culprit might be my fix but I don’t see how though as I’ve not changed my routine. This is going to make me wary of cheap film which is a shame because I’ve had some good results in the past. Googling Fomapan 200  there do seem to be some references to problems with a recent batch (see thread) so I’m going to shoot a couple of rolls of Ilford HP5 and see if things improve.

The seductive power of digital photography is never greater than when films delayed gratification turns to disappointment. I spent a bit of time cloning out the specs in Lightroom but got bored with that pretty quick. At monitor resolutions these shots are just about bearable so I’m posting them anyway specks and all. I used the Antique Grayscale tone in Lightroom.

Dyrffyn Gardens with Nikon D300 and 60mm Macro

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 29, 2012 by yammerman

The last trip having been such a success and with the sun still shinning, it was decided a trip to Dyrffyn Gardens might be just the ticket, though on this occasion we didn’t need tickets as it was free entry to celebrate the approach of St David’s Day on 1st March.

There has been a manor house at Dyrffyn  since the 17th century but the gardens seemed to have been created in the early 20th century by landscape architect Thomas Mawson for the then owner John Corey.  The house appears to be being restored but we’ve never been inside, content as we are, to walk around the rather splendid horticultural magnificence on offer.  I wasn’t expecting much, it being so early in the year but decided to take Nikon D300 with one of my favourite lenses the Nikon 60mm Macro.

We also took in the delights of Barry on the way, as we understood on the last Sunday of every month the Vale of Glamorgan Council dispense any excess wood that has been felled in the previous month.  It was the devil’s own job to find, as the council’s Google dot that represented the depot, was a good half a mile from its actual location. It was at this point that driving round aimlessly following your nose proved a winning formula when quite by chance we happened on our nirvana.

If it all sounds too good to be true that the council might be distributing free logs you can be assured that they are not.  A pile of broken branches and a mound of wood chippings with half a dozen souls like our good selves scrabbling for ‘the good stuff’ was all we discovered. The ‘good stuff’ was conspicuous by its absence. Still we secured a few branches for kindling and I laboured to fill a garden sack with wood chippings, hardly cursing at all.

On then to the gardens and a pleasant time was spent wandering around in the morning sunshine. I’d set the D300 to Vivid in the hope of finding some punchy colour and wasn’t disappointed. A swift Dandelion and Burdock to drink in the café with a Welsh harpist providing a tinkling soundtrack to our consumption of  a fine carrot cake. It was  then back home for some  afternoon sporting action on TV watching Spurs being trounced by Arsenal and then Cardiff’s heroic’s in defeat to Liverpool concluded my  backing of losers for the weekend.

Here are the favoured shots tweaked in Lightroom  for your delight.