Nikon Z7ii - My First 3000 Shots

It has taken me a lot longer than anticipated but I've finally found the time to put together the  3000 shots with the Z7ii video . Thanks once again for the comments people left last time, it has been great to hear from you 🙂 So as the title says, I've now been through about 3000 shots with this new camera. This video isn't a review of the camera (there are plenty about) but I've been through some quick points at the start before I get into what I've been up to recently. I'm not really a fan of all the gear videos on YouTube and that's not what I want to produce, so you can skip over all that **if you're not bothered about the camera stuff. Usually I'd like to plan a trip or two away with a new camera body, but for the last 3-4 months I've not been able to go anywhere so you'll just have to deal. I'm not going to go over photos I've shown before, but if you're interested there's a couple of  other videos  available to watch

Quarantine Macros

Needles to say, I had a very relaxing Saturday morning messing about with the camera! (sorry).

Well… I've gone as far as I can with the DIY aspects of converting my garage into a home office / studio. After putting the skirting boards in last weekend, the only thing left to do is to get the carpet down. I'm getting someone else to do this as it's way beyond my skill! Due to the current covid-19 situation this has been postponed and I've had to entertain myself in other creative ways.

In the meantime, I thought I'd fill my isolation time by trying to pull off some of my more elaborate photography ideas. Since I was indoors this naturally meant I went to macro shots. I'm sure the following idea has been done before, but it was fun to pull it off from a technical perspective. Cross stitch combined with Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon lead me to try and get a rainbow of thread passing through the eye of a single needle.

Two barbeque skewers, some gaffa tape, a box of screws, a 2x4" plank and an hour of fiddling with cross stitch floss later,  I managed to rig it all up.

I tried shooting in a few different ways, but here are the highlights.

These are all shot on a Nikon D810 with a 105mm f/2.8 VR macro lens. This lens is utterly fantastic and very reasonably priced for what you're getting. See here for Ken Rockwell's full assessment.

For this dark shot I used only a desk lamp in a darkened room with a very high aperture f-number, and a very long exposure time. 

6.0s, f/51, ISO100
For a lighter shot I kept the lamp on, room light on, flash on.

1/25s, f/8, ISO100
I ended up taking a few more at lower depths of field from the side here and here.

All this made for a quite a chilled Saturday morning just pottering around. In these torrid times I think it's vital we take the time to unwind with a hobby and (in my case) about four cups of coffee and a teacake.


Unknown said…
How you can make something so mundane look so good is beyond me.