10 Mar 17 Today's photo is of a Jonquil, otherwise know as a miniature daffodil. The full size of this individual flower is roughly one inch, so this is a true macro shot, or, as one member on these lists started calling them 40 years ago, a "dave photo" since the majority of what I used to shoot back then was macro. It is still my favorite format and as I age I'm betting this is what I'll be doing more and more of as it can all be accomplished either at a nearby nursery, in the yard, or better yet, in the studio. And with literally tens of thousands of images to work with if I include 30 years of slide photography, I already have plenty of material in reserve. For now the sky's the limit. Now the best part of the Yellowstone trip was meeting a couple who were disposing of all their extensive Nikon system in favor of a mirror less system. This meant that they were selling everything Nikon they owned which just happened to include a lens I've long wanted but whose price I could not justify. But they were offering it in my price range and so I am now the delighted owner of a Nikon 200mm micro Nikkor, one of THE finest lenses ever made by Nikon or anybody for that matter! Today's submission is from my first use with the lens and you can get an idea of its performance from the shot. Actually it is two shots combined together to give just the parts of the flower in focus that I wanted.
The two frames, straight from the camera, were layered on top of another, then the upper frame was hidden with a mask. On the mask I painted-in just the part of that frame I wanted visible which was just the pistol. Nikon D300s; 200 macro; ISO 320; 1/10 sec @ f /10 on a tripod.