one more nib shot


Yesterday was kind of dreary, weather-wise. We decided to stay indoors. The light was pretty good, though. I dragged out the tripod and gave the nib shooting another go. I’m reasonably happy. It isn’t like the ones I see in InstaGram, but they have macro lenses. I’ve asked a couple of them.

The colours came out alright this time. I did increase the saturation a few notches. At least I don’t feel as discouraged as I did last time. I felt let down … not only by this particular project, but photography in general. Wanted to sell the camera. I got irked because it seems I can never get anything totally sharp, straight out of the camera. It was never for me anyway, but I won’t sell it just yet. I’m not that desperate.

dsc_1055There are times I think a simple P&S would be enough for me. As soon as I think that thought, I’m reminded of all the things I wouldn’t be able to do. So … it stays.

I like the new WordPress editor better than the old now. Never thought I’d hear myself say those words. How fickle we are … 🙂


13 thoughts on “one more nib shot”

  1. I don’t know whether this helps but at a close distance the depth of field will be very small even with a small aperture.

    You could try taking the shot with the pen about half a metre from the camera and use a small aperture of f11 or f16. With an APC sensor and a 50mm lens, the depth of field at f11 will only be about 5cm.

    Or with a 35mm lens at half a metre and f11 then the depth of field will be about 10cm.

    Once you get a sharp shot, then you could crop the shot in post processing.


    1. That looks good and useful. I think, what it all boils down to, is that I don’t put enough effort into all the technicalities of all this.


      1. The closer the subject is to the camera, the smaller the depth of field for a given focal length and aperture.

        An extra 10cm backwards or forwards is only a small percentage difference when the overall distance from the camera to the subject is big.

        That’s why it is relatively easy to get everything in focus when shooting distant landscapes.

        But for subjects near the camera, 10cm is a big percentage difference compared to the small overall distance from the camera to the subject.


      2. That makes sense now. I’ve actually often wondered about that; why it gets so much easier to take landscapes 🙂 This, I will bear in mind.


      3. Haha. If you have a 50mm lens – that’s the focal length.
        I have a 70-300mm telephoto lens. The focal length is 70-300mm.
        Simple 🙂


      1. I thought that is what you have. With a D7000 you have some options. For example, are you are using autofocus?

        You could try this instead:

        Take the lens off autofocus and focus manually. Move the focus control lever near the lens to manual and turn the top dial to manual.

        Instead of trying to see whether you have good focus in the viewfinder, use LiveView to see the shot in the LCD on the back of the camera.


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