Tamron Tele-Macro Lens – Part 2

Quite frankly, I was so interested in getting a good telephoto lens, I essentially overlooked the macro features of the Tamron 70-300 Telephoto/Macro lens. On my almost daily walk around the yard, I discovered a small (less than an inch body length) green tree frog resting on the leaf of a lily. Finally, the “macro” of the lens came to mind.

It took a few minutes to determine how to switch to macro mode, and it was immediately obvious that I would need a tripod. to steady the lens/camera combination.

The little green tree frog was my first subject. The first photo is maximum magnification by the camera and lens. The second is a cropped version of the photo to look at the detail captured by the lens.

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Green Tree Frog Resting on Lily Leaf (Original Photo)

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Save Photo as Above Cropped to Enlarge the Tree Frog

Next to the lily, there is a bed of pink and blue Vinca that attracts many small butterflies. One of the butterflies posed cooperatively for me as I adjusted the camera and tripod for its portrait.

Again there are two photos as above.The first is the full image captured by the camera, while the second has been cropped for composition and increased detail.

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Butterfly on Vinca – Original Photo as taken by Camera

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Cropped Version of Photo Above. Note Clear View of Proboscis Penetrating the Center of the Blossom for Nectar

I have been wanting to experiment with macro photography, and while this is not a traditional macro lens, it is giving me some functional macro capability.

If anyone recognizes the butterfly, please leave a comment.


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An Affordable Telephoto

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In preparation for a trip this summer, I was looking for an affordable telephoto lens that would deliver acceptable, if not better quality for my Nikon. I selected the Tamron 70-300. Priced less than $200 it was affordable, but would it provide the quality–principally a sharp image under daylight conditions?

My routine working lens is the Nikkor 18-135 telephoto, used to take the first image of Mount Rushmore.

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Mount Rushmore from the main viewing deck using the 18-135 telephoto lens that I normally use.

I selected a 300mm lens because it still permits reasonable control when hand-holding the camera–especially braced against a solid object. Still, for consistently sharp photos, a tripod is recommended.


Detail of Washington’s face using the 70-300 Tamron lens on a tripod mounted camera.

The above photo was taken from the same point using the 70-300. The bright overcast sky did not offer a flattering sky, but did allow me to focus on the details of the sculpture. Detail is sharp enough for larger enlargements. The fact that the zoom range begins at 70mm means that you can compose an essentially “normal” image and quickly zoom to a reasonably tight telephoto shot.

I used this same lens to get my first ever shots of a grizzly bear in Yellowstone. At the 70mm end of the range, the field of vision is only slightly less than a normal 50mm lens, making this a functional single lens for a day’s hiking.  It is also fully automatic, including auto focus, on the Nikon body.


Tamron AF 70-300 f4-5.6 Tele-Macro Lens


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The Grand Canyon – of the Yellowstone

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Travel is one of the best teachers. Until this summer, I assumed there was only one “Grand Canyon.”

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The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone National Park

There are spectacular views into the river-cut gorge of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, not far from Canyon Village. The V-shape of the canyon defines it as a river-cut canyon. Glacier canyons tend to be U-shaped. There are roads and trails along and into the canyon that would provide days of exploring opportunities–another item for my bucket list.

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One Word Sunday Challenge: Horizon

One Word Sunday Challenge: Horizon

Looks like I am late to the party, but in response to Debbie (at Travel With Intent) has issued the “One Word Sunday Challenge”–Horizon.  I could not pass up this opportunity to share my favorite Horizon photo.


Angry Cat Sunrise

It appeared to me as if the sun, in the form of a short-eared cat, was awaken by noisy gulls, hence “Angry Cat.” Taken on the Atlantic coast at Cape May, New, Jersey. The “ears” on the cat are caused by a layer of cooler air sandwiched in between warmer layers–technically, this is a mirage. The gulls were just a happy accident.

One other horizon-related photo I like is this trawler sailing out of Barnegat Inlet, New Jersey at sunrise.


Outbound at Sunrise

Photos copyrighted, Jeff Richmond 2012

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Mystery Monolith

Photo of the Week – Mystery Monolith

I snapped a photo of this impressive unidentified red stone monolith as we cruised along–I believe–I 70 approaching US 89 in Utah. Judging from the sequence in photos, it could have been along US 89.

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A red stone monolith, Utah

If anyone recognizes this distinctive formation, you are invited to leave a comment identifying it for me.

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Debbie Smyth at Travel With Intent posted the One Word Challenge: “Through” for this week. Below is my offering.

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“Through” the Rocky Mountains

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Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge

Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge

National and State Parks offer many options as to which way to go–or even “if to go!”

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Should we continue? (Bryce Canyon trail)

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Through There. (Red Canyon, Utah)

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That Way! (Shakespeare Arch Trail, Kodachrome Basin, Utah)

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