Future Plans and Dreams for Photography


allium flower

It’s been a quiet Christmas. I got a nasty cold and was grateful we didn’t have a house full. Ah, well, it’s only a day. I’m going to visit my parents this coming week so will be away for a couple of days, but I am taking my trusty laptop and camera.

I got a book that was on my wish list and an off-camera cable for my Nikon D90 for Christmas. So, I’ve spent time thinking about what I can do once the holiday season is over, my cold is long gone and what I’d like to achieve in the coming months.

Not that I’ve come to many conclusions yet, but I will be digging out a mini fish tank bought second hand and some coloured water with the flash set to the side, some objects to fling into the water and an experimental head screwed on. I’ll show you some of the results when they’re done. The Nikon book is superb. You see I’m mostly self taught in the camera department (my degree is in visual studies and art history). I’m not that technically savvy, but I’ve decided to get to grips with more of the features on my Nikon to get the most out of it and improve my creative input.


I’d also like a macro 1:1 lens. (Santa didn’t manage it, not surprisingly). Currently I have a zoom macro Tamron 70-300mm but it’s not strong enough for the macro I’d like to be able to do. I can’t get out to do landscape as I’d wish to, but my love of macro could be the saviour if I can work at home. All I need then is my large dining table and some lights and I can set up a mini studio (we’ve got trays to eat off  🙂 ).

Small goals, but a start.

There will be more travel, despite last years’ problems. My kit is all organised (I’m not that good at organising) but I can now throw into the camper one rucksack and one secure, sealed plastic box with all my kit, chargers and other little bits that tend to get left behind in one place and they won’t be forgotten next time I’m out with the camera! Now I just need to keep my head screwed on the right way round, make sure I have the sat nav and a map……the list goes on. We’ve also now got a dongle, so I’ll be able to put new stuff on my website and post on here wherever I am!

I’ve posted some of my favourite close-ups for today. The macro I’m after would do far more than this, but I’ve a feeling it will be a while coming.

I’m off, again, into the sunset (which looks MUCH warmer than it now is) and reminds me what it is like to have warm feet!beacon hill 067


18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. 47whitebuffalo
    Dec 27, 2010 @ 17:11:25

    Safe travels. Macro!! oooooo a goal of mine too.


  2. lyndajeffersphotography
    Dec 27, 2010 @ 17:38:18

    I have the same camera and macro lens as you, I agree a better one would be nice, but always try to make the most of what I have. Sorry to hear you have been unwell, I wish you a happy new year and fun with your photography!


    • chriscaff
      Dec 27, 2010 @ 18:31:28

      Oh, Thanks Lynda. Fancy that. The same equipment. Yes, I make the most of them. I just want to extend myself…..thanks for the wishes. Have a great new year yourself and enjoy your photography too. Lets get creative for 2011….


  3. Dave
    Dec 27, 2010 @ 17:42:01

    Chris, nice to hear what Christmas brought you toward your photography goals. As a fellow Nikn shooter, I wonder what primes you might have that could easily be converted to shoot macro with extension tubes. Much less expensive than a lens, and fairly amazing what you can get.

    Get well!


    • chriscaff
      Dec 27, 2010 @ 19:10:41

      Hi Dave thanks for stopping by and a happy new year! I don’t have a prime lens. The Nikon kit lens is a zoom, and the Tamron does 1:2. I don’t know if I’d be able to work out the extension tubes as I’m not exactly a techy! Have you worked much with extension tubes etc? It sounds like you have some experience. I’ll go have a look at your work again…


  4. Karine
    Dec 27, 2010 @ 17:59:29

    Alas, there’s always some new equipment that it’d be very nice to get hold of! I must say I like the shots you’ve presented here, though – particularly the flowers 🙂


    • chriscaff
      Dec 27, 2010 @ 18:19:04

      Thanks Karine, and thanks for visiting and commenting. Yep, always something to hamper after with photography. But it keeps us clicking away! I’m glad you like the flowers.


  5. FS Photography
    Dec 27, 2010 @ 18:08:12

    Love the freaky details in that top shot…Good luck with the plans for the coming months..


  6. Jane
    Dec 27, 2010 @ 18:15:39

    hello greetings from Alberta. Chris, is it? Love the colours in the first picture, it is a relief from the snow and I like how you share about your plans and the equipment. There’s so much out there that it is mind-boggling. Be well and a happy prosperous New Year. from Jane (my heartsong blog )


    • chriscaff
      Dec 27, 2010 @ 18:22:11

      Hello Jane, yes it’s Chris. I hope Alberta isn’t as cold as here. Thanks for coming by and commenting. A very happy and prosperous new year to you too. I’d hope colour might cheer folk. It does that for me!


  7. photosbymartina
    Dec 27, 2010 @ 22:40:59

    Your flower ‘macros’ are gorgeous. Sometimes when we make due with what we have, we get great results! Nice goals too!


  8. eremophila
    Dec 28, 2010 @ 11:34:22

    Sounds like great plans to me, and dreams are soooo important! Seems to me, that you have the most important thing of all for taking great images – and that’s an open heart!


    • chriscaff
      Dec 28, 2010 @ 13:26:32

      Oh thank you eremophila. What a lovely thing to say. plans and dreams. I wonder what others have to say about their plans for the year. Anyone want to share?
      Happy new year Eremophila and I hope it’s a brilliant success for you.


  9. Annette Howard
    Dec 28, 2010 @ 14:48:30

    These photos are terrific. I love the detail! I think that anyone that is into photography is always unsatisfied with how close-up you can get with what ever camera you have. I know I have been through several myself! Keep up the good work and it’s great that you have goals in mind for the upcoming year! I myself….not that organized…..I prefer that life just surprise me. Sometimes I’m happy about it, sometimes…not so much!


    • chriscaff
      Dec 28, 2010 @ 15:20:47

      Thanks Annette. I’m glad you like them as a fellow flower lover! LOL I’m not usually so organised, but feel it’s time i need to be. Now my youngest son is independant I’ve got the space to delvelop the business and need some goals after spending 21 years raising a boy with problems! My turn! And I’m looking forward to it…. Happy new year and I wish you lots of great surprises.


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