Monday, February 10, 2014

NIKON GEAR FOR SALE

All gear is in great condition. Always babied and stored carefully. Prices DO NOT include shipping and insurance. Will ship via UPS from Seattle. If you are local, I'm happy to meet you on Queen Anne so that you can test out the gear and make your purchase in person.

Serious inquiries only can be made to one(dot)hartman(at)yahoo(dot)com. 

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NIKON D300 BODY ONLY SOLD
Works absolutely perfectly. I used this for my main camera for several years. I went full frame 2 years ago and the camera has been unused since then. Comes with all items it originally came with (cables, manual, battery and charger, strap, etc). 50,595 shutter actuations. 










NIKON 18-200mm AF-S DX VR Zoom lens f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED SOLD
I can't say enough good things about this lens. It is a great "walk around" lens. I used it quite a bit on vacations when I knew I'd be predominately shooting outdoors. The only reason I'm selling is because it doesn't work on a full frame body. And in fact, this was the first lens I replaced when I went full frame.




                                     





TOKINA 12-24mm F4 Lens SOLD
This lens is barely used. I'm not much of a landscape photographer. I carefully considered both the Nikon and Tokina version of this lens, and chose the Tokina because of it's STELLAR reviews. It is lovely and I would keep it, however it doesn't work on full frame cameras either.







Lastly, I am debating whether or not to sell my hardly used, gorgeous NIKON 200mm f/4 Macro. If I do, the price (including the additional $50 lens hood) will be $1,150 + shipping and insurance. If you're seriously interested drop me a note at the above email address. It will force me to make a decision about it!




Friday, July 13, 2012

Lauren and Jen's Excellent Adventure - Drayton Hall

Yes, I know....I'm a little slow in getting to these. My initial intention was to be finished weeks ago, but...not so much. There are a LOT of photos to get through.

So, this is a continuation of our first day "in" Charleston. In the morning we visited Middleton Place, and in the afternoon we visited DRAYTON HALL. It was one of my favorite places from the trip. What I love about this plantation is that it is preserved (not restored) from the date the Trust received it from the Drayton Family in 1974. Yes, of course there were updates up until 1974 to make it liveable, but it hasn't been changed since then. There was never a modern kitchen installed, nor central heating, electricity, or running water. We did go on a house tour with a guide, and I found it all fascinating!

We drove onto the grounds and I almost immediately slammed on the brakes so I could photograph this guy greeting us. He was pretty non-plussed about it all.

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I borrowed Jen's fish-eye for this shot:

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I took a ton of details shots, but I won't bore you with them all. However, isn't the woodwork incredible?

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Monday, July 9, 2012

My other hobby. Ok....obsession

Making these wrapped cord bracelets is such a relaxing way to spend some time. I've been beading for a couple of years now....but so far these have been my favorite thing to make. I must have a dozen of them (or more) now....pretty much one to go with just about any outfit.

So I don't really need more, but I can't stop ;) Brett says I should start selling them...LOL. However, I not sure that I want to turn a hobby into a job. I did that once before with photography!

Anyhow, here are a few of the most recent ones I've made. These square beads (called Tila) are new to me, and I really like the look a lot!

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This one I made with just random beads left over from other projects. It doesn't "sit up" nicely for photographs, but it looks good on, trust me ;)

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Love this one, so light and bright...perfect for the summer!

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Another made with leftover beads of varying sizes. I'm not a huge fan of the button I used though, so I may end up taking it apart and redoing it with a different button:

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I get compliments on this one nearly every time I wear it. It's subtle, but I sprinkled in a few Swarovski crystals here and there to give it just a little sparkle:

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I adore these stones. I can't recall what they are, but they are so pretty in real life!

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Ok, last one ;)

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Monday, June 25, 2012

JUNE!

I just love this month because there is so much in bloom. Bummer is that it's been terribly rainy and breezy (not to mention just flat out WINDY at times) this year. I made a trip out to the botanical garden a few evenings ago, but the wind foiled most of my shooting.

Ahhhhh, stationary objects!

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This city girl gets so excited when she sees any sort of critter, even little rabbits:

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I managed to get a few things in focus in the breeze. Really, is there any better backdrop than nature? Look at the beautiful bokeh in this:

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Ketchup and Mustard

This rose is a new addition to our garden this year, I just love the name...it's so appropriate. As a bud, the outside of the petals are mustard yellow with a little ketchup on the edges. When it opens the inside of the flower is just as interesting. Ketchup, with mustard in the center. Cool, yes?

Shot with the 200mm macro, tripod mounted, manually focused, F36 at 6/10 of a second.

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

YUM!

The advantage of growing one's own strawberries is that you can let them fully ripen before picking them! And, you can pick them to look pretty with their stems on! And of course, you can eat your subject when you're done ;)

My new 200mm macro lens arrived today, so I tested it out on one of these. Boy, it's going to take some adjusting. It is S.L.O.W. to focus, and there is no vibration reduction like my 105 has. On the other hand, I don't have to be right on top of my subject....so that's a good trade off. I think until I get the hang of it I'll mainly be using it tripod mounted and focus manually.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Father's Day

DISCLAIMER: I didn't realize until I previewed this post that my colors are all wonky :/ I got a new computer last week and obviously I need to tweak the color space settings in PS now that's it's been reloaded. I hate doing this chore! Anyhow, the colors shifted to very dull compared to what they looked like in PS, sorry!

So, to be honest, Mother's and Father's day are pretty much just another weekend day around here. Colin lives in NYC. Both of our dad's passed away years ago. My Mom passed away last fall, Brett's Mom has Alzheimer's. Not saying that for sympathy at all, it is what it is.

Anyhow, Brett chose what he wanted to do on Sunday, so we headed down to the Seattle waterfront where there was a small show of old Aston Martins, and a larger show of old yachts. Right next to this was RCL gearing up to leave for Alaska. I wanted to get in that line to board so badly ;) Who cares if I didn't have any luggage!

Anyhow, love the grill on this one, and I think it looks kinda cool reflected in the headlight:

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I haven't looked at Brett's photos on the computer yet....BUT....he shot them all in manual mode (YAY BRETT!) and on the preview screen of the camera they looked fairly well exposed. So proud of him!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Lauren and Jen's Excellent Adventure - Middleton Place Plantation

We chose to go to Middleton Place predominately because of their beautiful gardens. However, as it turns out we were about a month too late for any color. Oh well, we got to spend time with those cute sheep (posted last week) instead so all was not lost. Just a few more shots and then we'll be off to Drayton Hall next time.

I really do love the trees in this area. In Seattle our trees pretty much grow up...not out like these!

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This is the chunkiest chicken I have ever seen:

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and I couldn't resist shooting this barn cat. Unlike our cat, this one actually cooperated with me!

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Lauren and Jen's Excellent Adventure - Old Sheldon Church

Oops, I forgot to post these, they were from the day we stopped in Beaufort on our way to Charleston.

I had been here very briefly several years ago. The morning that Brett, Colin and I stopped it was August, about seventy bazillion degrees out with such high humidity that my sensor and lens completely fogged up AND there were at least eleventy billion bugs out. Fun, right? ;)

I really, really, really wanted to make sure to go by here this trip. Up until this day we had been relying on our phones to navigate. Once we got out of Savannah we lost service though. For two severely directionally challenged women this was TRAGIC. Just getting to Beaufort was a challenge in itself. We had stopped at the Visitor Center in Beaufort to get directions to the Church, but as it turns out the direction they gave us (typed up, so they give them to everyone) were wrong!

Anyhow, we finally found it after driving back and forth on the same (deserted) road 4 times (I kid you not) and then getting on I-95 by accident heading south to Florida in horrible traffic. I was about ready to say forget it and head to Charleston, but we persevered.

All in all, I'm not sure it was worth the effort. The dappled shade was a pain to work with, and there were several other groups of people there (including two portrait shoots going on).

So, there you have it. I am in awe at the history of this church, read this sign:

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This next one is Jen's, she got a much better shot than I did of the whole thing. Isn't it amazing:

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Can you imagine the shots you'd get here in decent light? You'd have to use a flash for fill, but still....

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I mean really, look at this texture. I can totally see doing a headshot session with Colin standing RIGHT in that little sliver of in focus area:

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