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  1. #1
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    Hello from Michigan

    Hello from Michigan
    Hi everyone. i am back into photography after many years of just fooling around with point and shoot cameras. my friend Bill in Annapolis got me interested in a serious digital camera when we were visiting and i was bragging about the fantastic camera in my Samsung phone. He invited me to take some pix of hummingbirds at his feeder. I was humbled at what great shots he got with his nice Canon something or other and what grey blobs I got with my phone. He offered me one of his Canon bodies but none of my Dad's (he was a pro) Canon lenses would fit the Canon body. After some research i discovered that Dad's old Nikon lenses that I had enjoyed on his old Nikkormat would work fine on a Nikon DSLR. So I found a nice D7100 with a 10-200mm zoom lens on Ebay. Got a new Sigma 150-600 Contemporary for my birthday and have enjoyed covering my granddaughter's sports career and learning about birds and bird photography photography.

    I love my new camera and am back in the photography game.
    Hello from Michigan-hummer-flash_02.jpg

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    Last edited by DrJ; 08-09-2022 at 09:16 PM.
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    Re: Hello from Michigan

    Welcome aboard @DrJ be sure to check out the weekly and monthly challenges, a fun way to interact on the site!
    Camera- Z6, D800, D7500, D40x
    Z- 14-30 f4, 24-70 f4, 24-200 f4-6.3, 50 f1.8, 105 f2.8
    DX- Tokina 11-16 f2.8, Sigma A 18-35 f1.8, Nikon 18-140 f3.5-5.6
    FX- Tamron 15-30 f2.8, Nikon 35-70 f2.8, Nikon 80-200 f2.8, Nikon 24-120 f4, Nikon AF-P 70-300 f4.5-5.6 Sigma C 150-600 f5-6.3
    Prime Lenses- Nikon 50 f1.8g, Tamron 85 f1.8, Tokina 100 f2.8, Rokinon HD 8 f3.5

  3. #3
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    Re: Hello from Michigan

    Woody Green

    Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose

    D500, D7200, D7100, D70

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    Re: Hello from Michigan

    Welcome aboard, enjoy the ride. We look forward to seeing more posts and samples of your work.

    OH! By the way! Will I get 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 posting credits for this listing? I have no idea and will have to wait and see!
    Brent: Poway, CA
    D7200, D200, F100
    Tokina 12-24mm
    Nikon 18-200mm
    Tokina 28-70mm f2.6-2.8
    Nikon 80-200mm f2.8
    Sigma 150-600mm
    Nikon 50 AF f1.8
    Tokina 100mm f2.8 Macro
    Nikon SB800

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    Re: Hello from Michigan

    Welcome! DrJ. I was a MI resident twenty-some years ago, now a Nor Cal. Still miss the (cold) life there.

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    Re: Hello from Michigan

    Welcome and Hello from across the lake. I hope we don't have any problems during football/basketball seasons.

    I had a comparable photo gear journey 20 years ago. I went from having shooting a vintage Minolta film SLR to a couple of Nikon Coolpix digicams. But discovering the slow speeds was limiting me, I bought into a new Nikon D80 and a series of upgrades in the 15 years since.

    To this day I cannot take a steady cellphone camera shot but no issue to me with a real camera.
    D600 (infrared converted)
    Lumix DMC-ZS6
    Nikon Lenses
    Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/4 S
    24-120mm f/4
    50mm f/1.8G
    70-200mm f/2.8G VR
    28-105mm f/3.5-4.5D
    500mm f/8 reflex
    Other Lenses
    Carl Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon
    Sigma 20mm f/1.4 Art
    Sigma 150-600mm f/5.6-6.3 C
    Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD

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    Re: Hello from Michigan

    Hey, welcome DrJ! That was quite a story. Looking forwards to seeing how you put that gear to good use now, especially sports photos with that great Sigma lens!

    I do have a question about that hummingbird picture you posted here. The EXIF data shows you shot it at 1/160th of a second at ISO 160. Is that correct? When I shoot hummingbirds in flight, anything less that 1/2000th shutter speed results in significant wing blur. To me, 1/160th of a second is almost unimaginable! That's extremely well done if those numbers are accurate!
    Last edited by Dangerspouse; 08-10-2022 at 11:05 AM.
    "I finally made money in photography. I sold my camera." Unknown Redditor

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    Re: Hello from Michigan


    You might want to start a 365/daily thread here
    - https://nikonites.com/project-365-and-daily-photos/

  10. #10
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    Re: Hello from Michigan

    The Exif data is correct. I used my Godox flash to light the scene. manual mode, remote trigger i/16th power. Set the flash up about 6 ft from the feeder and set the camera up about 15 ft behind the flash gun. I focused manually on the feeder perch and waited for the bird to approach. f11 gave me a little depth of field and the short flash duration froze the motion. That was my first attempt using the flash. On the downside, I think the flash may have spooked her a little as i didn't see her for a day or two after my capture.
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