I was out shooting a bed of roses recently. I was using my newly-acquired Nikon 105mm f/2.8 S lens for Z-mount cameras. I am still testing this lens, but am quickly coming to love it. As these photos will show, it is an extremely sharp lens and is capable of showing very tiny details very crisply.
Here are my recent images. All were taken tripod-mounted. All are heavily cropped so not only are they close-ups, but they are small parts of close-ups. They represent the tiniest details I can photograph easily with this camera and lens.
My intent was to make extreme close-ups and use selective focus to highlight parts of the roses that have interesting graphic and color possibilities. As a result, they are not representative of rose blossoms taken as a whole but are, I hope, good artistic expressions of shape, line, color, and detail that are interesting from a graphic perspective.
I worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture for 27 years in the field of rural community and economic development. I retired a few years ago and have been devoting my time to photography and writing. I've been a semi-pro photographer for more than 25 years and sell my work on the Web. I live in rural Virginia not far from the Shenandoah Valley.
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