Maple Syrup Time


Sap Boiling Nikon D7000 ISO 100 50mm f/1.4 1/640 sec.

2.5 Gallons of Sap Nikon D7000 50mm f/2.8 1/250 sec.

Sap started flowing yesterday - so last night was the first try at 'brewing' maple syrup.

On the photography side - broke out my old Nikkor 1.4 50mm lens to grab some snap shots in the low light of our kitchen. This lens from Nikon is a wonderful classic and still in production today. Solid, all metal construction, this is the lens I first learned on. Loved the action of the sap boiling, but between the steam and being rusty at manually focusing - proved tricky to capture. The challenge - my original camera, a Nikon F3HP has a high eyepoint prism with a split prism. The new digital cameras are 'focused' on auto-focus with smaller view finders and no split prism - making manual focus much harder. Tried to use the range finder feature, but found this to be spotty at best. 

On the maple syrup front - first, this bottle is what you get from 2 1/2 gallons of sap. Tried to brew this batch in the kitchen. Lots of steam! Moving further production out to the garage. Second, went just a couple degrees over on the brewing and this batch ended up too thick, but delicious. 


More snow today...

Today brings another 3-5 inches of snow, but some excellent opportunities to do some close-up work with song birds. Shooting with my Nikon 80-200mm 1:2.8 ED - I'm able to get close, while letting in lots of light on an otherwise overcast day. 

White-throated Sparrow - Nikon D7000 ISO 1600 400mm f/8.0 1/1250 sec.

Dark-eyed Junco - Nikon D7000 ISO 800 200mm f/5.0 1/1250 sec.

Song Sparrow - Nikon D7000 ISO 800 200mm f/5.0 1/1250 sec.