It is Project 52 time again! This week  I have again joined up with other pet photographers from the Beautiful Beasties Network  to collectively challenge ourselves with a weekly assignment.   This week’s assignment is “something new.”   As we are all continually learning, we were encouraged to try something we have not tried before!  Well that list of mine is pretty long, but one thing came immediately to mind.  I have an old Nikon 105mm Micro lens that I think I purchased around 2003.  While I have popped it out on a rare occasion to do some close-up photography of bugs and plants,  I have been told that it is also a nice portrait lens!  So this week’s challenge for me was to try that lens in the studio for both traditional portraits and close-up work.  So back to work  Jack and Julie went!

First up was the traditional portrait – with Jack working the camera.

Once I got used to the distance I needed to be from my guy, it worked pretty well.  But is that lens ever noisy!  It has two sets of elements moving around on cams grabbing focus.  The noise it made actually got Jack’s attention for a nano-second!  Then I moved in and photographed cute bits of Jack and Julie.   I think this might be the future for this lens.  It grabs focus pretty fast, so as long as the dog or cat will sit still for a bit, some regular close-up work is in my future!


Don’t forget that this is a blog circle!  Click on the links at the bottom of each post until you end up back here starting with Brentwood Dog Photography by Sweet Silver Photography.  Let’s see what new things were explored by other pet photographers all around the world!