Lots of rain in Tennessee. Out with the 18mm-55mm 1:3.5-5.6G DX (Really cheap lens)-:

Not the best lens for a cloudy day. And really I have nothing spectacular in the lens department. But this lens I could stand falling in the lake with. But not with the Nikon D7100.

So I’m focused on some tree top with my finder. Little did I know 5 deer are about 10 feet behind me. I turn around and there they are just staring at me. By the time I got my camera focused on them they had scurried away. But they lingered about 50 feet away and this was the best shot.

This little squirrel wanted something to eat. Unfortunately I had nothing for him. Plus it’s not good to feed the wildlife. Feeding them just puts them in danger of cars in the park.

All my photos of the dam came out pretty dark. I even went into manual mode and tried raw. Nothing spectacular. Settled for the basic out of the camera jpeg.

All photos are modified or tweaked.

How many photos are manipulated on the internet? The original image is on the top and the modified image is on the bottom. Just a simple color tweak in Apple Photos and suddenly a natural image is a dramatic image.

But my original image was tweaked in the camera color settings. So not even the camera image is natural.

Long before digital photos, photographers were tweaking the film images in the darkroom. One might say the darkroom was the original “Photoshop.”

Does it even matter?

Nikon D7100 & Nikon 35mm f/1.8 DX

I got bored with black and white. Took some photos of icefalls with the Panasonic G6 and they did not look pleasing. Starting to focus more on understanding the aperture and how it changes the composition of the photo. Took out the Nikon D7100 and maxed out the saturation setting in vivid.

This photo is underneath a paddle boat at the park.

Free charging in the park. I have no idea what vehicles you can charge on this charging station, besides the Rivian.

Some photographer showed me his Olympus OM-D E-M5 and I really like the look of that camera. You can pick them up for under 200 dollars now in excellent condition. It felt like an old quality built film camera.

Plenty of cheap electricity in Tennessee.

I was stuck in a briar patch and snapped a quick photo of the people on the bridge. I kinda like this photo. Reminds me of a bad film photo.

Nikon D7100 & Nikon 10-20mm DX VR. Black and white.

I’ve never shot this lens in Black and White. Originally the lens was purchased for real-estate listings. Works great for real-estate and getting that small bathroom shot. Or that wide-angle shot of the house and lawn.

The only camera it works on that I own is the Nikon D7100. I wish I would of purchased an older Tokina lens that was compatible with my other cameras. Dang it.

The fog blew in and covered the lens with tiny droplets of mist. Giving a more like film look to this image.

A winter storm was blowing into Tennessee and near the lake the temperature was rather nippy.

Cattails once again weathering the storm.

Buoys line the dam to warn small boats of the dangers.

This old leopard striped tree stump surrounded by fallen leaves.

Nikon D7100 & Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED VR. Monochrome geese photoshoot.

The trick to getting some good geese shots is cracked corn. My new friends until the corn ran out.

What does ChatGPT have to say about this lens? Lets ask.

(ChatGPT) The Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED VR is a telephoto zoom lens that is designed for use with Nikon’s DX-format digital SLR cameras. It has a focal length range of 55-200mm, which allows you to capture subjects that are far away with a high level of detail. The lens has a maximum aperture of f/4-5.6, which means that it can let in a moderate amount of light, making it suitable for use in a range of lighting conditions.

The lens is equipped with Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor (SWM) technology, which provides fast and accurate autofocus performance. The IF in the lens name stands for “Internal Focusing,” which means that the lens elements move inside the lens barrel as you focus, rather than the entire lens barrel moving. This helps to make the lens more compact and easier to handle.

The ED (Extra-low Dispersion) element in the lens helps to reduce chromatic aberration, which is a type of distortion that can occur when light is refracted through a lens. The VR (Vibration Reduction) technology in the lens helps to reduce the impact of camera shake, which can cause blurry photos when shooting at slower shutter speeds or in low light conditions.

The lens can be purchased on MPB.com for around 55 dollars. Not bad.

You assume that bridge is safe?

Did I ever tell you I explore under bridges? This bridge is being repaired thankfully! You can see lots of neat things under bridges. Litter, people, graffiti and stuff that falls off vehicles.

The crack under this bridge is pretty scary. Lets hope it holds until the repairs are done.