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Hello to everyone!

First my name is Dan. I've been a loooooong time lurker on this site, and have recently started joining in on some of the conversations. It's really amazing to see everyone's fantastic collections & even better pictures. When I was in my teens I was into photography & my parents even bought me a basic Point & Shoot which I absolutely loved! I've always wanted to get back into photography but honestly haven't had the time. Fast forward to this past Christmas my wife surprised me with a Nikon D3300 bundle. It came with the camera body, case, 2 Lens (one 18-55mm & 55-200mm) and a few other accessories. I started taking pics right away. Most of which were pretty crummy. A couple of days ago I purchased a Nikon Macro Lens from my local Best Buy and I must say ITS A WORLD OF A DIFFERENCE!!!! I haven't taken a ton of pics with it yet, but the initial results were pretty amazing to me. Here is my favorite shot so far..



Here are another couple of shots





this last one was taken with my 18-55MM Lens



I will upload a few more pics and please feel free to comment.

- Dan
 

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They look super clean. Is it the 105?
thank you! it's the 40mm f/2.8g

Excellent job!!


How about some zoom into more details?

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here are a few shots. They aren't the greatest but I'm still learning & playing around with settings. These are all taken in Manual mode.

These two are shots of an old Armitron Skeleton that my father gave me as a gift when I was about 19.





This next two are pics of an Android Master Calendar with Moonphase





Last one is my favorite of the bunch. Its of a Caravelle from 1972. I've always loved the numerals & dial on this piece.



I really love taking pics of watches. Its great to be able to combine two passions & learn so much about them at the same time. I will keep posting pics and any feedback is welcome. None of these pics are edited at at all. Straight from the camera to here.

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great photos and great camera, impressive quality for an entry level system. I bought one as a back up and pretty much use it more than my main body.
 

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I just got my first macro lens too. Just shot my first batch of pics but haven't processed any yet. Mine is a cheap Cannon FD 50mm. 3.5 and a adapter for micro 4/3s. Been a little challenging to get used to manual focus a and ring aperture. Will see how photos found out.
 

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I just got my first macro lens too. Just shot my first batch of pics but haven't processed any yet. Mine is a cheap Cannon FD 50mm. 3.5 and a adapter for micro 4/3s. Been a little challenging to get used to manual focus a and ring aperture. Will see how photos found out.

Post some pics! You can shoot me a PM & we can discuss settings maybe we can help each other out.


It's a (micro) world of difference when you get into macro work. Problem is getting the watch clean enough to take a picture of in the first place LOL

unseen flecks of dust are macro's killer .... i can never get them all. lol.

this honestly has to be the most frustrating part of Macro Photos. I always have to remember to use some compressed air to get all of the dust off or to even wipe down the crystal. lol




Nice shots. Play around with the angles and lighting a bit and you're good to go.

Lighting is key. I'm still experimenting a bit. I ordered a Light Tent off of eBay to help control the lighting. I haven't had a chance to use it yet. Hopefully it will produce some great results.




great photos and great camera, impressive quality for an entry level system. I bought one as a back up and pretty much use it more than my main body.

Thank you! I think its a great entry level camera. Honestly with the type of photography I do, I'm not sure if I'd ever even need to upgrade.




Really nice shots.

Nice shots. Crispy

Nice captures. Sharp and crisp lines, love it!

great shots.congrats!

Great shots. Thanks.

thanks everyone! I'm still in the very early stages so all the positivity is great! I will continue to shoot & post results. Practice is everything! I also just purchased Photoshop so we shall see how that goes.




Awesome photos...I struggle withmy macro lens. Were these on a tripod?

Thank you for the kind words. Macro is a bit frustrating, but being able to see these tiny details is very rewarding. Most of the Pics were with the camera resting on either my desk or countertop at home. The pic of the Bulova on my steering wheel was handheld. I think stabilty is key with this type of photography. I now have a tripod that I purchased from Bestbuy, but even before i purchased one I would still rest the camera on level surface & use the cameras self timer.

here are a couple of random pictures i've taken.





have a great weekend everyone! - Dan
 
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