Macro Photography with Flash

One of the many challenges of macro photography is achieving sufficient depth of field, which means small apertures.  Small apertures mean slow shutter speeds, even in broad daylight.  So use a tripod, right? A tripod won’t prevent your subject from swaying in the breeze or, in the case of insects, crawling or flying away.  Tripods bring problems of their own, mainly that they are cumbersome.  It’s much easier to hand hold the camera if you’re tracking a spider or a bee.  Unfortunately it can be hit or miss hand holding a camera at f/16 or f/22.  Many shots will be either out of focus or blurred due to camera or subject movement.  You need to freeze the action.  This is where flash comes in. Continue reading

Hamilton Neighbourhood Photos

When I lived in Hamilton, Ontario I photographed most of the city’s older neighbourhoods, highlighting both the architecture and the character of the neighbourhoods.  Many people followed the neighbourhood tours and photo essays I posted as “flar” on but over the years, some of the links have ceased to exist.  I will be reposting all the original tours on this website.

I am keeping the original format of scrolling vertically through large photos and also would like to keep the photos in the same order in which they originally appeared.  I’ve started with the Durand neighbourhood and will post more when I have the time.  There is also room for comments at the bottom of each page.

All the links will be available on this page:

So bookmark it and check back often.  It’s under construction right now, but will become the home page for all the classic Hamilton tours by flar.


Lens Review: PC-Nikkor 28mm f/3.5 AI-S

I recently acquired the PC-Nikkor 28mm f/3.5 AI-S.  It’s a “perspective control” lens that allows you shift the image centre while keeping the camera’s sensor parallel to whatever you are photographing.  This can be used, for example, to avoid converging verticals while photographing a tall building.  The shift action of the lens works by turning a small knob on the side of the lens.  This lens can shift up to 11mm and the lens turns 360 degrees so the shift can be in any direction. Continue reading