David La­Ma­son

Macro fan David has broad­ened his reper­toire to cap­ture big­ger crea­tures

NPhoto - - Me & My Nikon -

I got into photography to­tally by chance, when I dis­cov­ered I could take some de­cent shots us­ing my old phone. I’d never thought about get­ting a ‘real’ cam­era be­fore that. My wife bought me a Nikon D5100 [1] for my birth­day, and from then on I be­came ob­sessed. I started out with a Nikon 50mm f/1.8 lens, and found that I could use macro ex­ten­sion tubes and a re­vers­ing ring to get re­ally close macro shots. Grad­u­ally I moved over to my Nikon AF-S 105mm f/2.8G VR Macro [2] for macro shots, but I still use ex­ten­sion tubes on oc­ca­sion.

I still love macro photography, but I’ve also started tak­ing more shots of birds and other larger an­i­mals, in zoos and in the wild, us­ing my Nikon AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF ED VR [3], or a Nikon AF-S 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II, which I’ll of­ten hire to shoot bald ea­gles. There are a cou­ple of ar­eas within an hour’s drive of my home where I like to cap­ture wildlife. There’s a fan­tas­tic nest­ing spot for bald ea­gles in the au­tumn and win­ter months along the Conowingo Dam, on the Susque­hanna River in Mary­land, and great blue herons nest there in the spring. I also like to shoot coastal scenes, and I live near a har­bour, so there’s no short­age of in­ter­est­ing sail­ing ves­sels to pho­to­graph – boats and tall ships make great sub­jects, and the light re­flect­ing off the wa­ter at sun­rise can be mag­i­cal!

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