Nikon D90 DSLR Camera

Nikon DSLR Best Value: D90

Nikon D90 DSLR: Not the latest, but still great Bottom line: Even today, I think a used D90 is best “cheapest” camera. Cheap here means it is the least expensive option with the qualities we want.  Three reasons I chose the Nikon D90 12.3MP DX body: Excellent High ISO performance Ability to drive older pin-focus, non-AF-S auto […]

Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 60mm f:2.8 Lens

Best Cheap Nikon Macro Lens: 60mm f/2.8D AF Micro-Nikkor

The Nikon 60mm f/2.8D AF Micro-Nikkor is not only my Nikon macro lens, it’s my favorite lens in general. In Nikon lenses, only Micro Nikkors offer true macro. The Nikkor 18-55 DX and 70-300 zooms do not focus close enough for macro. Zooms sometimes label their closest-focus as “macro” but nothing beats true 1:1 macro. The […]

Pine Hollow Falls

Pine Hollow Falls in Winter

Back to black and white with this winter scene. We continue to explore post-processing to black and white. We photograph in RAW. In Aperture, we desaturate. The in the Curves brick, we pull the red curve north, the blue curve south. We desaturate again, using the Saturation brush applied to the entire photograph. Then we play […]

Letter Jumble

Moveable Type

Curious things we collect. Here’s a jumble of obsolete typography printing letters. They have a name, can’t think of it right now. These were retrieved from a purge of these things at a high school in the 1990s. We have a printer’s drawer the would have held these, too. Amazing how something that was the […]


SB-600: Rosie

It’s not a photoblog without at least one cat (and/or dog.) We made it through 31days of One Picture a Day before we got to the cat. But now her time has come. Rosie is very cooperative for the camera. Her roommate, Sox, has the uncanny ability to close his eyes every time I take […]