Number 2

Number 2

I played with the Kenko Extension tube that I got this week. It takes some playing with to get used to these, but you can get in close! The tube consists of three seperate pieces that are placed on the camera and then the lens is attached. They basically just move your lens out further from the camera allowing for focusing up closer and getting in tighter. You can stack the three rings in whatever combination you want. The smallest one is 12mm, the second is 20mm and the third is 36mm. I’m pretty sure that on this shot I had all three together with my 50mm 1.8 Nikon lens. I shot for hours playing and trying to get a feel for them. I’m anxious to get them out in the spring and try to get some bugs with them.

Update: Check out my blog post on macro photography.

Skate girl

Skate girl

I’m not sure why this shot keeps sticking out to me. Technically it’s not too great, there’s not much if anything in focus. I wish I had framed it a bit to the left, but I was just firing away. Yet I keep looking at it. Maybe because the girl is static among the other people moving around her along with her posture and the expression on her face. I guess you decide.

Standing still

Standing still

As I was walking along this deer and a smaller one stepped out into the creek and were drinking water. I had my shorter lens on and was a good distance from them. I slowly and quietly changed lenses and snapped a few, but they just seemed too far away. So I slowly crept along the edge hiding behind trees. Every so often they would pause and look my way but they didn’t take off. So I moved in closer and closer. Then I paused and snapped this one which turned out the best. I had to crop it because I was down in some trees and brush without a totally clear view. I started moving closer when they either heard or smelled me and they left in a hurry. There was another moment when I was sitting on the railroad tracks shooting when a larger deer stepped out onto the tracks not far from me but too far for the 50mm. I went to change my lens and as I lifted it up to shoot he took off.

Fast subway

Fast subway

The subway in Chicago is superfast! :) We’ve become pro’s at getting around Chicago during our several trips there. Using the buses and subway you can get around pretty well.

Some facts about the transit system: CTA has approximately 2,000 buses that operate over 152 routes and 2,273 route miles. Buses provide about 1 million passenger trips a day and serve more than 12,000 posted bus stops. CTA’s 1,190 rapid transit cars operate over seven routes and 222 miles of track. CTA trains provide about 500,000 customer trips each day and serve 144 stations.

There was a little bit of a scare while we were in Chicago this last time. One of the Metra trains, which are kinda like the subway but faster with less stops, derailed and a couple of people died. We weren’t on any of the Metra trains this time, but the last time we were there we had jumped on one of them.

UPDATE: Thanks to all who voted for me on Photofriday. I got a noteworthy for the Blur competition. Thanks again!