A very varied portfolio
Jim Rippe’s wide mix of subjects presents a challenge…
I enjoy the outdoors, and I always try to find something different to photograph, such as my macro shot of the fly. I took it within a couple of hours of having my close-up filters. My current kit consists of a Nikon D3200, Nikon AF-S DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G, Nikon AF-S DX 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G ED, Alta 233AO tripod, a wired remote shutter release, polarising filter, and a set of Hoya close-up filters. I recently bought a set of extension tubes, too.
I have always admired movingwater photos and I decided to give it a try. I used the tripod and the wired remote. A local lighthouse inspired me, along with the ice on the shores of Lake Michigan (top right).
I’ve always been inspired by the challenge to get a nice clean photo of the moon in any lunar phase. I am on a budget so I can’t purchase a more powerful lens at this time. I have used a tripod in the past but I have found out with my current setup I do not need the tripod for these shots. I am not sure what is missing from these images. I think they need something to make them pop. For the moon photos, I know I would like to use a more powerful lens, but which one is a good one on a budget?
Jim, you’ve got an impressive array of shots there. With such variety, and a range of kit, you’ve got a number of options. In order to aid your macro photography, a macro lens will help. The quality of the images produced, not to mention the level of sharpness, is far better from a dedicated lens than from filters. For example, the Nikon AF-S 85mm f/3.5G Micro is around £400/$530, and carries the focus motor necessary to work
01 Moon Sha dow Nikon D3200, Nikon AF-S DX 55-300mm f/4-5.6G ED VR, 1/500 sec, f/10, ISO100