New Lens, First Day

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I’m not that much into photo gear. I’ve mostly been shooting with the convenient and versatile 18-135mm kit lens that came with my Nikon DSLR 3 years ago and occasionally with the nice 10mm fisheye Tony got me or my old 50mm lens from my film Nikon (that doesn’t meter). But, the other day, I stopped into the Ritz Camera close to my house (all the Ritz’s are going out of business :() and got a deal on a 55-200mm Nikon VR (Vibration Reduction) lens.

I am into special effects, though, so forgive some of the possibly silly ones you will see here. I was just going to do a couple but it got out of control.

The new lens did make it a lot easier to sneak up on my little hummer friends from the cover of a nearby tree.

Strawberry Fields Forever…

I was at the nursery buying some pots and flowers yesterday and saw this cool plant. I don’t know what it is but these 2 guys that work there were riding around in a cart and started singing Strawberry Fields Forever when they saw me taking the photo.*

Okay, this one above may be the hokiest of the special effects here but I kinda like it. It’s a rare bird.

And, lastly, this tiny butterfly was no more than 1/2 an inch. Although 200mm was still not close enough to get a good shot, I wouldn’t have even attempted it with my 135mm. I can’t ID this butterfly, though…can you?

*Noelle, the AZ Plant Lady identified the strawberry fields as red gomphrena. Apparently they really are nicknamed Strawberry Fields.


10 responses to “New Lens, First Day

  1. I love the beads on the hummingbird feeder! Great photos all of them! I do like the silo of the bird too.

  2. Isn’t it fun playing with new toys 🙂 Like Roberta, I LOVE the charms on the hummingbird feeder too!

  3. Your nature photos always make me smile. I love the cute effects! Even the bird one 🙂

  4. These photos are nice! You will enjoy that lens. The VR is worth the extra money!

  5. A fine hummingbird series. They are so difficult to shoot. You did a fine job of it.

  6. Oh I love this group of photos!

  7. I love the effect. I am so sad that the Ritz stores are closing. Are there any other camera shops in the Valley (besides Best Buy, which doesn’t count)?

    • There’s Wilson Camera at 32nd and Camelback, they’re locally owned and have been around for a long time. That’s where I usually buy my photo stuff. And I think there are a few other locally-owned places, Foto Forum on 7th Street and Tempe Camera…

  8. I love your hummingbird photos! I just got a bunch of plants from Baker’s today….so happy 😉

    The red plant is called Red Gomphrena.

    Hope that answers your question 🙂


  9. Candace ~ it looks and sounds like you are going to have a lot of fun with this new lens. Great shots! Enjoy it.
    Have a super week!

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