Dezember 2013 – der Harz ist einer der wenigen Orte mit Schee
weiter durch die Provinz nach Berlin
an der Elbe
kurz vor Sylvester
The web-site says:
“the Balloon’s Day Parade will invade the streets of Brussels to the sound of its accompanying brass bands. Escorted by the Police parade and folklore groups, the route of the Balloon’s Parade will once again set off from the Comics Festival and end up at the Place De Brouckère. Come and discover the new parade balloon while it’s being inflated at the Place des Palais!”
If you are starting with macro photography, you may start looking for the right equipment. Maybe you have a point-and-shoot camera or any other camera with an build in fixed lens, then you probably have an macro mode of the camera.
For cameras with interchangeable lenses, like Nikon, Canon or Sony you can buy very nice macro lenses for $$$ or just an set of extensions tubes for $ (starting at 5-10 $ / EUR in some China shops).
Of course, you will need other things too. An good tripod is important. Maybe some remote shutter release is also nice to have. This article leaves all this out and concentrates on the extension rings.
The floral pictures below were taken form a distance of approx one meter with extension rings and an 200mm telephoto-lens.
But – one after the other.
I have ordered the simplest rings / tubes. They are mechanical, they do not transmit focus or aperture information to the camera. You have to set this manually. This is not a problem, you don’t really need auto-focus in macro mode.
the tubes have no glass elements.
they have different length – by combining them you get different macro / magnification levels.
for this demonstration, I have used the Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1.8d
this is the set-up without extension tubes
and this the resulting picture
now using different tube combinations
don’t forget – aperture and focus can only be set manually now (check your lens)
you will get much closer to the object
getting more details
getting even more details.
Try different non-macro lenses and ring combinations. Below are some examples of what is possible
Instead of extension tubes, you may also use bellows which give a bit more flexibility but you may need to modify them to adopt to your camera
Hallerwald, ein Album auf Flickr.
Every spring, roughly end of April there is a sea of hyacinth in the forest less than 20km south of Brussels. Fresh air flavoured with the perfume of millions of flowers….
Prime-Lens for the mirrorless
The new mirrorless system cameras can deliver outstanding quality. However, sometimes it lacks of interesting lenses. If you don’t need autofocus and you can live perfectly with aperture priority – just adopt your good old stuff (or find something used).
Adapter are available on a variety of lens / camera combinations like M42 to Sony E-mount, to Fujifilm X1 Pro, or Micro Four Thirds. The same for Pentax K or Nikon lenses.
Those are simple mechanical adapter, no lens needed and you will be able to focus to infinite (the same does not work to some other cameras like adopting M42 lenses to Nikon requires a lens or you lose the focus to infinite)
These adapters are cheap, price range is roughly from 5 to 50 €/$)
NEX-7 with 70’th ASAHI Super Takumar 1:1.8/55
History and Carnival: Photoresk – the Brussels Photography going Tournay
Tournay, the 2nd oldest Town of Belgium (after Tongeren). The picturesque medieval city center. The beautiful market place, the the river Escaut (“Schelde” in Dutch), some UNESCO world heritage sites and –
Carnival? Yes, Carnival!
When nearly everywhere in the rest of the world the carnival season is over, the inner part of Tournai is closed for traffic to celebrate carnival. Probably a good idea to wait ’till spring and definitely something not to miss while in Belgium. Details about the carnival in Tournai can be found here (in french) http://www.carnavaldetournai.be/
There was an parade starting at 14:30 at four different places heading towards the centre. This was be a fantastic opportunity to take great picture of Belgium habits 😉 and the city.
We took the train from Brussels central at noon and returned to Brussels at around 20:00. Trains Brussels – Tournai are ever hour.
Easy by train – Brussels, Turnay every hour, one hour ride
guarding the monument
green meets techno
girls dancing everywhere
this Pharaoh in the confetti rain
what’s standard in Brussels can be considered as costume in Tournai
every car has powerful confetti cannons
three super nanni’s
South wallonian shoe design
is this “serious picture taking”?
oh, sorry, my French is not perfect… 😉
and the female too
to keep warm…
the the river Escaut (“Schelde” in Dutch)
remember those Bunnies?
lovely music everywhere
again – thank you for the pose!
and you too!
drink and drive!
yes, it’s a whoopy
up, up in the sky
later – they will burn
he is doing it now already
the parade continues
reaching the centre
the beer for 1,50 EUR
carnival can be a serious business
now – burn, burn, burn
now it’s burning
you could feel the heat even from the distance
ok, back home to Brussels…. and plan the next Photoresk meet-up
If you want to learn more about Photoresk – Brussels Photography, check out this site: http://www.meetup.com/Photoresk/