Wildlife Photography with Nikon 105mm f2.8G VR

Warning: This is not a review of AF-S Nikkor 105mm f2.8G Micro VR instead this is just to share my experience using this lens on wildlife. I most of the time use this awesome lens (despite of its minor flaws) for portraits and macro shots of inanimate objects or toys (not the one you are thinking naughty you) so this is a departure from my regular usage of Nikon 105mm f2.8 VR and I won’t be discussing any technical specifications or MTF charts on that matter ’cause I can assure you this lens is sharp (I did a few front and back focus testing of my own). Let’s treat this as a simple field application of this lens and my “likes” and “dislikes” while I’m using it for wildlife. Take note that all photos are shot hand-held without the use of any tripod or monopods and I can say that it’s not “proper macro photography” the fact that I didn’t use any ring light or the Nikon R1C1 Macro lighting system. I just want to see for myself if it’s possible to shoot macro photography hand-held with the use of VR (vibration reduction in Nikon terms) or IS (Image Stabilization in canon terms) on just available lighting like other photographers claim.

“AF-S VR Micro NIKKOR ED 105mm F2.8G (IF)”
or Nikon 105mm VR for short

Cliche or Another Postcard?

“Amber Dusk”

I don’t usually shoot landscapes or seascapes but I guess the sunset is the most wondrous event that we always take for granted. No matter what other (photographer/s) may say  that it may look like a postcard photo or another sunset cliche just try to watch the amber sky at sun down then you’ll start to think you should have brought your camera along with you. Anticipate the right moment ’cause it’s only a matter of minutes before the sun fades into the horizon.

*Photo taken last January 2010 Boracay Philippines.