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My musings on technique and sometimes technology

How do I shoot with a speedlight the easy way?

Posted by Merco_61, 02 December 2017 · 286 views

The best way to get predictable results with a speedlight is to take control over all the parameters for the ambient light.
Set the mode selector to manual.
Turn AutoISO off.
Set the aperture to what you need it to be to get the depth of field you want.
Set the ISO to the lowest setting you can and still get the flash range you need to light the main subj...

From: The Royal Mojos and The Full Nine Yards

Posted by Merco_61, 14 May 2017 · 818 views

I'll blog this as well as not everybody read the photosharing threads.

Source: The Royal Mojos and The Full Nine Yards

Focus stacking with Photoshop

Posted by Merco_61, 19 March 2017 · 697 views

Source: One week, one camera, one lens week ending March 19 2017

Rule of thirds composition

Posted by Merco_61, 26 August 2016 · 812 views

This was originally a post in the forum thread: What should camera see?

Shooting in snow and cold weather

Posted by Merco_61, 17 January 2016 · 1,623 views

One important factor when shooting in winter conditions is the lens hood. The recommended hood for the 50/1.8D is one of the rubber things... I much prefer a rigid hood that stays extended while shooting. The HS-9 is made for the 50/1.4 Ai and Ai-S, but works much better than the HR-2 that Nikon recommend.
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36 on 35, an art project. Part 3, day 25-36

Posted by Merco_61, 18 August 2015 · 934 views

Part three, part two here .

Day 25
Caption: Mikaelskyrkan (Michael’s church), Uppsala
Filter: Yellow

Day 26
Caption: Snail on gatepost
Filter: Yellow
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36 on 35, an art project. Part 2, day 13-24

Posted by Merco_61, 18 August 2015 · 905 views

Part two, part one here .

Day 13
Caption: Gutter with water droplets
Filter: None

Day 14
Caption: Library lamp
Filter: None

Day 15
Caption: Sor...

36 on 35, an art project. Part 1, day 1-12

Posted by Merco_61, 18 August 2015 · 860 views

Project statement:
I will start this project on June 26 by loading a roll of Ilford HP5 (a ISO 400/27° black and white film) in a Nikon FE2 and mount an Ai-modified 35/2 O-Nikkor. I will develop it after exposing the last frame and scan the results. I will publish the photos on a blog on my site and on a blog on Nikonforums as well. I will produce a har...

Progressive Rock Festival 2015

Posted by Merco_61, 09 August 2015 · 778 views

Yesterday, it was that time of the year again. Uppsala Progressive Rock Festival 2015!

First on stage was Peter Bryngelsson with some strange instruments and lots of electronics.

Next up was Oglin.

Then Brother Ape.

The last ban...

Exceptional general photography manual focus Nikkors.

Posted by Merco_61, 26 April 2015 · 964 views

Most manual focus Nikkors are good lenses but some stand out above the rest. In my experience, these are:

20/3.5 UD
24/2.8 K and Ai
28/2.8 Ai-S
35/1.4 N and Ai-S
35/2 O and O•C
50/1.2 Ai-S
50/1.4 S and S•C
85/1.8 H•C
105/1.8 Ai-S
105/2.5 P chrome and Ai
135/2.8 Q•C
180/2.8 ED Ai-S
200/4 Q and Q•C
300/2.8 IF-ED Ai and Ai-S
300/4.5 ED K and Ai
400/3.5 IF-E...