by Clay Bolt
Spring is almost here in South Carolina and it’s a good thing because I’m so glad to be able to finally experiment with using my new Cognisys Insect Rig with High Speed Shutter for photographing insects in flight. The insect rig offers a convenient platform for your entire high speed system. It will hold your Camera, flashes, high speed shutter and its controller, laser cross beam sensor set, Li-Ion battery pack and StopShot.
The great thing about this system is that it will allow me to photograph very small, fast flying bees for my upcoming project on documenting North America’s native bees. While this first test on a mayfly is a great start in my estimation, I have a really long way to go to fine-tuning my skills with this powerful piece of gear. I’ll be posting my progress here on the blog!
by Paul Harcourt Davies © 2014
My 105mm f/2.8G AF-S VR Micro NIKKOR macro has never, in any sense, let me down in the six years I have used it.
This is a full “user’s appraisal” since I have owned a disgraceful number of macro lenses of assorted makes and focal lengths over the years in my search for the search for the ‘Holy Grail’ – biting sharpness. So, before I start, let me set out my stall. I am first and foremost a naturalist and a passionate conservationist who uses photography to express what he sees in and feels about nature and the world around. My background was originally highly technical (a physicist with lots of theoretical optics involved), but my heart lies towards the artistic and philosophical. I am, by nature a user and a pedantic, demanding so and so, who having spent his money, will accept no compromise. Trust me – I have no time for advertisers hype, just for what a lens delivers.