A very var­ied port­fo­lio

Jim Rippe’s wide mix of sub­jects presents a chal­lenge…

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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

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