Macros from -SGNP

I decided to mix things up a bit and get myself into a Macro workshop at SGNP.

SGNP is a place to definitely go in the monsoons. I pulled out my eight year old and not yet used F2 Macro arm from wimberly and added a SB-600 speedlight to it. To diffuse the flash I used a foam sheet and “rubber banded”  it to the flash. Bottom line, workable but a bulky setup. Hard to maneuver too. I used my Nikon D3 with a 105mm F2, VR macro lens. Occasionally I used a kenko extention tube. Holding focus and working depth of field is tough ! Another thing to watch out, set flash to “Front curtain”. I had a bunch of “arty shots” thanks to flash rear sync 😉

Some great macro advise here > http://edocfile.info/macroshooting/3days.htm


We walked the Shilonda Trail upto the stream.

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Mushroom side lit by a “LED Torch”


Red Mushroom ( Arty rear sync flash)


Snail besides the stream


Robber Fly



Fuzzy but, I  really like it 🙂 – “By chance”


Then there was this cute kitten that was most interested in the presentation 🙂

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Nikon D5 Autofocus settings ( also on D500)

I discovered an interesting setting that might be useful in a lot of situations.

I usually work using  AF-C, d-9 or d-21 most times with back button AF-ON only.

But some times you need to quickly (without removing the eye from the viewfinder) switch to “Single Area (AF-S) ” to get a difficult focus that the AF might be missing. This is now possible easily on the D5. I have set the Fn-1 button to enable “Single area AF” . So while using the usual AF-C, if I need AF-S,  all I now do is, release AF-ON and  press down on Fn-1 button and, AF-S engages. All without removing my eye from the viewfinder.  Sweet!

Menu> Custom Settings > Controls>f1 Custom Control assignment> Highlight Fn1 and click on it with center selector button> Now scroll to Af-area mode+AF-ON select and click right> choose Single-point AF and click right> You will see the Click Menu