Nikon 1 V1 Walkabout Kit

A number of folks have asked me about my Nikon 1 V1 Walkabout Kit.  What’s in your bag; is it small?  Well, yes it is.  In fact, the bag isn’t even a camera bag; it’s a small, free shoulder bag from a Sandhill Crane convention.  On my walkabouts, I usually just carry the camera and one lens.  If lens is the 70-300mm, I usually attach the sun sniper strap to the FT-1 and use it to carry the rig.   The rest of the kit stays in my vehicle and rides almost everywhere with me.  If I go on foot or for some other reason can not take the entire kit, I either carry the camera and lens or put it into my briefcase.  Sure, my iPhone is much easier to carry.  It just doesn’t capture images like the V1.

6/16/2013 Great Blue HeronMy Nikon 1 V1 walkabout kit contains:

1. Nikon 1 V1 Body
2. Nikon FT-1 Adapter
3. 1 VR 10-30mm f3.5-5.6
4. AFS 50mm f1.4G
5. AFS 70-300mm f4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR
6. Nikon Speedlight SB-N5 Flash
7. Sennheiser MKE 400 Directional Microphone
8. Sun Sniper Shoulder Strap
9. Extra Nikon EN-EL15 Battery & Nikon MH-25 Charger
10. Extra SD Cards
11. Lens Cleaning Supplies
 Note:  In one of my posts, I said I would not buy the special Speedlight for the V1.  Well, I found one on sale, so I broke down and bought it.  It’s handy for just a little light at a family gathering.  Find more Nikon 1 V1 and V3 experiences posted under IMHO.

Mich Color in B&W

9/30/2013 Mich Color in B&W

Mich Color in B&W; what?  Last night, one of my emails had an uncommon question.  “Have you ever captured Michigan color in black & white?”  At first, it might seem like a strange way to ask the question, but after some reflection, perhaps it gets to the heart of the image.  After digging at bit into the library, this image from the fall of 2010 seems to suggest just that.

Soybean Crop

9/25/2013 Soybean Crop

Soybean Crop  OK, it’s the Midwest and it’s flat.  Soybeans like nice flat black soil.  Some years ago, I took a my boss, who was from California, home to the farm for Thanksgiving dinner.  He had never been anywhere in Illinois except for the Chicago land area.  On the drive south, almost to our family farm, he blurts out,” I have never seen anywhere as flat as this land.  This land is flat!  It’s really flat.”  Of course, it was a beautiful, very clear day and you could see from horizon to horizon.   Well folks, it’s still flat.