I purchased a set of beautiful Nikkor AI-S fast prime lenses to convert to cinema and I would like to sell these 3 (I have these focal lengths covered). They are in excellent condition and will work on all Nikon cameras. They also work incredibly well on Canon (and others) cameras with an adapter. I use them on my 5D mark II and 7D. Manual Nikkor lenses are perfect for cinema work with their very wide apertures and gorgeous ”bokeh”. You also have manual aperture control which is one thing I’ve miss so much with Canon EOS. Modern auto-focus lenses have beautiful glass but are not designed for manual focusing and nearly impossible to rack focus, even with a nice follow focus device. Most of all, they are EXPENSIVE! This is why full manual Nikkor prime lenses are back in demand. I’ve listed my prices below and also noted the prices that are being asked by one of the best used lens dealers in the USA, KEH in Atlanta, GA.
28mm f/2 AI-S $320 (KEH used price $449)
50mm f/1.8 AI-S $75 (KEH used price $100)
85mm f/2 AI-S $295 (KEH used price $365)
Buy all 3 to get the best deal $625
My email address is greerphotoATgmailDOTcom you can also contact me at http://www.jerrygreerphotography.com
Richard Foster posted this poem (thanks Richard!) on an image that I shared on my Facebook page. For me, it best describes the fleeting color of our spring season. The reds, golds and bright greens of the mountain valleys and ridges are so amazing as the forest awakens from her winter slumber. I see it as the grandest time of year! A time of new birth, a renewal, before the summer returns and paints them with the rich hue of dark green—as far as the eye can see. If only for a short moment in time, I can chase them from the valleys to the highest peaks. The Blue Ridge and southern Appalachian Mountains are rivaled by no other in North America. No other area in a temperate climate can match the amazing diversity of plants, animals, and invertebrates. Over 17,000 species have been documented in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park alone. Scientists believe an additional 30,000-80,000 species may live in the Park.
I have been working photographically in the Blue Ridge and southern Appalachians for nearly 20 years. I was born in these mountains and they had their hand in raising me. My get-away from the chaotic life, known as boyhood, was spending countless hours traipsing through the fields and forests of southwest Virginia. For all but 7 years, I have lived in these ancient mountains and I still, to this day, continue to be driven creatively by them.
With this, I invite you to join me in my first and most exciting workshop and tour of 2013, Great Smoky Mountains National Park “Spring Wildflowers and Landscapes”. Follow this link for more information and to sign up for the event.
First I wanted to note how much I enjoy reading the great info posted on the Documentary Tech blog. As most may know, I have been adding more motion and documentary work over the past 2 years and I am finding great info on this site. However, last night I was spending some time exploring the site and I choose to check out a post on equipment. As I scrolled down the page an image caught my eye, the camera in the photo looked so much like my own, not many filmmakers use a Canon TS-E lens for shooting motion. It was a strange feeling because I surely didn’t expect to see an image of my camera, it was from an earlier blog post in 2011. It actually took a moment for me to make the connection and realize that the camera in the photo was mine! That being said, I just sent them an email, not because I am upset that they used my image without my knowledge but to make a suggestion. The suggestion is actually a requirement that I have for bloggers requesting the use of my images. I require that they link to my site and credit me for the image. I also suggested that they consider making my suggestion common practice. I’ve added a screen capture of the image posted in 2011 here on this blog and also a screen capture from my image on the DT blog. I hope that bloggers will do a better job at abiding by the copyright laws that are there to protect us all.
Screen Capture from my blog posted in 2011.
Screen capture from the Documentary Tech Blog
I just received my advance copies of the June issue of WNC Magazine and I had a wonderful surprise! I was aware that they had chosen to use 5 of my photographs for a photo essay titled Calm of the Wild but I had no idea that they were going to use an image on the cover as well! It’s great to be back on the cover and on the inside pages of such a beautiful Magazine (and they did a great job with the images). Here’s the cover and the full bleed spreads. All of the inside images were printed as ”full-bleed double-truck”, or two page, full-bleed spreads. If you get a chance stop by any book retailer and pick up a copy!
Hey everyone, I want to remind all that I have listed my 2012 Workshops on my site. Check them out and if you have any questions or would like to join us on a trip please feel free to contact me at anytime. Here’s a link to review the schedule. 2012 Jerry Greer Photography workshops and Tours.
My first of the year is coming up very soon. For more info and to sign up follow this link: Great Smoky Mountains National Park “Spring Wildflowers & Landscapes” • Gatlinburg, Tennessee • April 19-22, 2012
It’s been a few years since one of my photographs have been printed on the pages of WNC Magazine. For the first two years of their existence, as a new magazine release, my photographs were a regular fixture. Then the economy took a dive and the funding to pay for beautiful images from working photographers dried up. I still have the email sent to me explaining the reduction in funding and the elimination of the “Vistas” series. It was just another hit on a long list of photo budgets for working photographers trying to pay the bills and feed the family. Later that year I received an email that requested an image but they could only offer a credit due to the, still in effect, photo budget freeze. And as I always do, I refuse to allow the use of my images without proper payment. Credits just do not pay the bills and I’ve yet to find a bank that would accept those photo credits.
I commend the good people at WNC Magazine for deciding that it is important to offer payment to working photographers for the use of their images, it shows that they truly care about those full-time photographers that strive to offer beautiful photographs. I’m so glad and encouraged to be working with WNC Magazine again. So, for all that are subscribers and for those in the region that buy off the shelf, check out the July 2011 issue, you’ll see my ”Roan Highlands” photograph on the cover. Here’s a quick shot of my issue that I received in the mail today.
At high elevations pure stands of American beech trees are know as beech gaps. Beech bark disease, a complex made up of the beech scale insect cryptococcus fagisuga and a closely associated fungus Nectria coccinea var. faginata poses a serious threat to this community. Most all of the beech gap communities in and around the Great Smokies have succumbed to the beech bark disease or a combination of the disease, pests and pollution. This trend is being felt throughout the southern Appalachians, with the possible extinction of this forest community in the next few years. The beech gap community is assigned a Global Conservation Status Rank of G1. A G1 ranking translates to – Critically Imperiled—At very high risk of extinction due to extreme rarity (often 5 or fewer populations), very steep declines, or other factors.
During my Roan Highlands workshop this past weekend I found that one of my favorite locations to spend time studying and photographing in is sick, very sick. It looks to be a really tragic end to another huge beech gap. I’ve thought that this location was OK in terms of health with good leaf coverage and little tree kill. This year is drastically different. It looks like 70% to 80% of the beech trees have not leafed out and this is not good. It all happened in one years time. Not sure until the botanists get in to the location and study the trees. The way I see it is this, the trees will not survive if they do not leaf out and this was not a gradual die-off. It is real sad to see one of the largest beech gaps remaining in the southern Appalachians succumb to the disease. Over the next couple of years we will see this forest community make a dramatic shift and those beautiful flowing grasses will eventually die off as well. This was a very sad day for me and for those that have felt the same connection to such a unique ecosystem. I’ll be posting more images from this location over the coming months. My intent is to personally document, in stills and in motion, its transition, and to bring botanists, biologists, photographers and other scientists to this location as well. Maybe, just maybe, there is a slim chance that there could be a recovery but the cards are stacked against this notion.
At least I did have the chance to spend the past few years working and bringing friends and colleagues into this wondrous location. And I can say for certain, every person that witnessed this community first-hand came home with a strong connection with this unique and beautiful place.
Canon EOS 5DmkII w/ TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II
Humm, catchy little slogan but what does it really mean? As we go about our daily lives, even for those of us that spend a good part of it trekking about in the wilds, we forget about those little creatures, plants, and trees that are just as common as that dandelion that grows in our lawns. We are in awe of those scarce and hard to find species but the “ordinary” are often overlooked. This is where Meet Your Neighbours shines!
Meet Your Neighbours celebrates the common species, determined and highlighted by the location of the MYN photographer. All of these common species are vital to people and our everyday lives. For some people, these common species are the first and often the only contact with wild nature they may have. That being said, these ordinary species are most often overlooked and undervalued.
Meet Your Neighbours is a global-scale photographic project. The concept is to encourage people of all ages to engage and appreciate the common species and natural environments within their own communities. Through stunning imagery and a very unique presentation, the viewer will gain a new understanding of just how special their own ordinary “backyard” species are and be encouraged to take the necessary steps to ensure their continued survival. The goal of all MYN photographers is to nurture a compassion for even the most humble members of the natural world. Meet Your Neighbours is a proactive conservation effort aiming to remind the public that, with care and consideration, today’s common species won’t become the rarities of tomorrow.
Meet Your Neighbours dignifies these common species by giving them “celebrity” treatment. Each subject is shot in the wild against a pure white background and back-lit to highlight its translucent qualities. The result of the field-studio approach is an exceptionally detailed, stunningly gorgeous series of portraits of common species like never seen them before! The images show maximum detailitself often a source of fascination. Because all images are created on-location, the need to harvest plants or transfer animals out of their natural environments is effectively eliminated.
The Campaign will use the images in a variety of ways to support the Meet Your Neighbours project. These include: next generation e-Books with streaming video and sound, a children’s book series with enhanced digital companion guides, a high quality coffee table style book and an amazing “onwhite” image catalog from partnering photographers from around the globe. Photos from the project will also be displayed in several traditional and non-traditional exhibits, including projected showings in public areas.
As a Meet Your Neighbours photographer, I will be working together with my sponsors to help educate my community, through a positive environmental education and awareness program, as to the importance of our common “backyard” species, and why it is so important to rewild our “human neighbors”, young and old.
I invite you to follow along and witness the beauty of the “ordinary” though the progression of my MYN portraits. I will soon have an online gallery displaying my collection of species so please stay tuned!
For more information about Meet Your Neighbours visit their website at www.meetyourneighbours.org
The dedicated web site for our new book project “Blue Ridge – Ancient and Majestic” is now online! Stop by for the latest events and info about this exciting new book project www.blueridgeancientandmajestic.com
We are also excited to tell you that we’ve chosen AISO.net as our web hosting company. AISO.net is a 100% solar powered data center, they are totally offline! Over the next few months we will be moving all of our web sites to AISO.net. We will continue migrate our business needs to like-minded and truly “green” companies in the future.
The program will be in Room 219 in the Toy F. Reed Employee Center (Building 310) in Kingsport at 7:00 PM. No charge for ERC pass holders. Guest’s tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for students.
This workshop started off with a loud BANG (or series of goose calls)! Richard, me, our participants, and about 200,000 snow geese, it was a truly humbling experience.
Here’s a few still images from the scouting days before the workshop. I’ll make another post with images taken during the workshop in a few days. Also, stop by http://www.mountaintrailphoto.com and see other images taken by me and co-instructor Richard Bernabe.
Richard and I will be offering this workshop again next year, so stay tuned! We will be posting the dates very soon!
I have a new lens review on the TS-E 24mm f3.5L II at http://mountaintrailphoto.com/article_canon%2024%20TSE%20lens_review.htm Check it out!
Well, I’ve done it again. I’ve been so busy that I have not posted to the blog in weeks. I do apologize and I can only promise that it will get better. My Blue Ridge book project is coming down to the wire and I’m just doing all I can to fill in those areas that I’m missing but feel that they need to be represented. Please bear with me, I have about six weeks before the shooting is finished and the design phase really gets cooking. Anyway, I have a little time tonight and I thought that I would post some of my new images taken over the past few weeks. These are from my trip to Whiteoak Canyon in the Shenandoah National Park.
Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit! Feel free to comment and enjoy the photographs.
Hey everyone! I’ve just finished updating my website with new workshop listings as well as private one-on-one, and small group instruction. I’ve also included information on book/calendar publishing instruction and consulting services. Most of all, the site has been redesigned and I’m working with a PhotoShelter stock site. Customers now have the ability to download high-resolution files straight from the site with no waiting. Stop by for a look! www.jerrygreerphotography.com
Well, it has been a while since I’ve posted to my blog and please accept my apologies for my negligence. It has been a very busy few months with all of the new books and calendars that we are releasing at Mountain Trail Press. Also, having a 13-month old little girl takes a lot of my free time. So, with this post I thought that I would post a few of my favorite winter images that I’ve taken over these cold months. Let me know what you like or dislike about the images. Thanks in advance for your responses.
This photograph was taken in the Cherokee National Forest during one our best snowstorms of the season. I wish that we could’ve had a few more inches and a few extra days to shoot it. This next image is the same area, I’m enamored with the winter beech leaves!
How about another!
Hey everyone, I’m in the last few months before my new book project goes to press. Today I just finalized the design for the cover, though I have plenty of time to make small changes if needed. It took me all day to decide on a design that I was truly happy with. Normally I would keep this under my hat until it was off to the printer but this is a huge project and there’s no stopping now! My friend and environmental writer, Charles Maynard, is working on the essays that will accompany my photographs. Our new book will be a 10″ x 12.25″ “portrait format” hardcover and will be $39.95 retail. The page count will be in the vicinity of about 190, with about 160 images. I’ll be posting updates as the design process moves along. For now, I thought that I would post the preliminary cover design for all to review. Let me know what you think!
I’m working on an assignment for a client on urban sprawl, including the development of farmland into subdivisions. I’m also looking at city infill projects and good development within the city limits. Here are a few of the images that I have so far. If you’d like to discuss these photos feel free to post. I’ll be working on this project for the next few weeks.
Hey all! Yes, I’ve been busting my a#* again with two book projects and now they’re at the printers so I’ve got a little time to post an image or two. Back weeks ago I posted a few images of my north Georgia trip back in June and here’s another. I shot this with my little Canon Powershot G9. I really love this camera for shooting images such as these. Tack sharp and handheld!
I’ll write a little later but I wanted to post a few photos from my trip.
I took a few minutes away from book design to process a couple of photos from my recent trip to the Shenandoah NP. What a wonderful couple of days photographing the fawns and deer at play. I’ll post more after I get through this upcoming deadline.
Canon EOS 5D, Sigma 80-400 EX OS @ 400mm, no filters, RAW file processed with Capture One 4.1
Well, I went to photograph the fawns but I couldn’t resist the temptations to shoot a few landscapes! This was a beautiful scene with the prolific bloom of turkey beard accented by ferns and mountain grasses.
Canon EOS 5D, TS-E 24mm, f/18 @ 1/60 sec, ISO 320 (due to wind!)
I’ve just returned from a quick trip to Shenandoah National Park to photograph the fawns. I’ll post more tomorrow when I get the images processed. Here’s one of my favorites!
Canon EOS 5D, Sigma 80-400 EX OS lens at 400mm (this is the first time that I’ve really shot my 80-400 since getting it back from Sigma. There was a problem with the focus and it’s now fixed! Very Sharp!!!)