Most of the tomato growing season has been mostly wet. It's rained often with only a few days of sunshine here and there. Even when it didn't rain, the sky was cloudy. I was concerned that my tomato plants weren't getting enough sun for growth.

Finally, over the past week, we've had more sunny weather, and the plants have had a chance to grown and produce blossoms. Some of that blossom have produced fruit. They are still green, but I have hope that we'll soon have some delicious red fruit to eat.

Using the lens baby is a challenge. The lens baby does not have any electronics that can communicate with the CPU in the D5100. Everything has to be done manually. I chose f/4 because I thought it would allow for a balance of depth of field and exposure. I set my D5100 to manual mode and used a light-meter to set the shutter speed.

green tomato
Green tomato macro | Saturday July 20, 2013 | Nikon D5100 | 75 mm | f/4.0 | ISO 100

The 10+ macro lens allowed me to shoot up close to the subject. However, shooting that close meant that the subject's very slight movements caused things to go out of focus quite easily. I didn't think I would have the patience for this. I tried using a lens baby a few years ago but quickly gave up in frustration. Perhaps my photography skills just weren't up for the challenge at that time.

Tomato blossom
Tomato blossom | Saturday July 20, 2013 | Nikon D5100 | 75 mm | f/4.0 | ISO 100

Author: Khürt Williams

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