f/5.6, 1/60s w/18-55mm f/3.5 - 5.6G VR lens at 45mm

f/5.3, 1/60s, 18-55 f/3.5 - 5.6G VR lens at 46mm

f/8, 1/60s, 18-55 f/3.5 - 5.6G VR lens at 48mm

f/8, 1/60s, 18-55 f/3.5 - 5.6G VR lens at 46mm

A few moments to kill this afternoon and I thought I'd see how creative I could get with the new Nikon D80. All of these were taken in natural light with the first three cropped and enhanced with Capture NX and the last one of the whole flower only cropped with no enhancements. Comments and suggestions very, very welcomed. New wine reviews coming this weekend. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine!


After much research, hand wringing, price comparison, and way too much back and forth, I decided to buy the Nikon D80. I've had it for a week now and am very pleased. It came with the 18-55 VR lens which I've been testing on a variety of portrait shots as well as macro, and I've been impressed with the quality of photos. I've also been trying out an 80-200mm non-VR lens and taking some sports shots and have been equally impressed with those results. I shot a lot of them at f2.8 at a speed of 1600. I was able to stop footballs in mid-rotation and the depth-of-field was exactly what I was trying to accomplish with the blurred background. I've got tons and tons to learn and am open to any suggestions. After I have a storehouse of photographs I'll post a daily for critique and feedback. I also plan to upload photographs to a pbase gallery or other online location but that's in the future. Of course I plan to personally photographs all of my reviewed bottles in the future and would like feedback on those as well. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine, Get Out There and Take Photographs!


Just a short post to share a site that I've been visiting and can highly recommend. Noble Pig is a site written by Cathy who is located in a peculiar little California town. She writes about wine but also about other topics which makes her site interesting. She also likes to photograph yummy recipes that she shares and gives step-by-step instructions along with her how-to photographs. Somewhat new to the blogosphere, she's got an interesting style of writing. Check it out when you get a chance as I think you'll find it very interesting. I've added her site to my Wine Joints I Like as I liked it that much. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine and check out Noble Pig!