My flirtation with film photography over the past two or three years has recently ended. I got to the stage where I was spending far too much time searching online and in second-hand stores for cameras to add to my collection when I should have been out and about with camera in hand taking photographs.
Still – it was fun while it lasted.
So, over the past couple of weeks all my old film cameras bar one – a Canon EOS 1000F which I am keeping – have gone to new homes and new owners. The money received from their sale has gone towards a new “back-up” camera – a near mint Nikon D300.
Why only a 12-megapixel camera in this day and age of 24, 50 and over megapixel cameras you ask? Well – because the Nikon D300 suits the type of photography I dabble with, in that the majority of my photographs end up here on my blog, or on my Facebook page, or on my Instagram feed. If I do need something that will give me photographs that I need larger prints of I will turn to my D5100.
Plus of course, adding the Nikon D300 as my back-up means all my existing lenses will work without any issues.
Did I say without any issues? Well – there does appear to be one minor issue that I initially struggled with, and that is the issue of achieving sharp focus.
With the 18-55mm lens on the front, the auto-focus seemed much crisper and more positive but images out of the D300 didn’t seem sharp to me. It took a good read of the user manual and the correct auto-focus setting on the camera before I got things right. With 51 focus points, the degree of auto-focus precision on the D300 is very precise, compared with the 11 focus points offered on the D5100.
With practice and a steady hand, I now find that I can get the D300 to focus accurately on a specific leaf on a bush which I think shows in some of the following photographs which were taken during a walk through Seaward Bush Reserve on the outskirts of Invercargill.
I like the way the midrib of the single leaf (I had to look that up – thanks Google…) has self-aligned along the midrib of the fern frond, and the way the small twig also seems to align itself with the overall layout. Incidentally, the small leaf is exactly the way I saw it – I didn’t move it to line up with everything else.
A familiar sight in the New Zealand bush – the koru. Depending on which translation you use koru means coil or coiled, or similar.
Highlighting the many shades of green to be seen in Seaward Bush, weak sunlight breaks through the overhead canopy onto these leaves.
All photographs were taken with my Nikon D300, 15-55mm lens. Corrections were made in Dxo Photolab 3, and the images were finished in On1 Photo Raw.