Inland Port Greer

I had the opportunity to capture some splendid scenery earlier this afternoon. I visited the Inland Port Greer to take photos of the the trains and watch as shipping containers were stacked. This is only a 15 minute drive from where I live approximately.

© James Andrew Aston III, 2019

About Greer Inland Port:

“Opened November 2013, the South Carolina Inland Port in Greer, SC extended the reach of the port more than 200 miles into the state's interior. Connected to the Port of Charleston via overnight rail offered by the Norfolk Southern, the inland port handles containerized goods to and from the fastest-growing part of the Southeast - the I-85 corridor.“ -Wikipedia

Intro to Macro- photography and lake relaxation

I’m at Lake Keowee with my family this weekend. I was excited to up my macro photography game, but am having some difficulty finding stimulating subject matter to shoot. I recently acquired my first macro lens, so I’m still a novice in the macro world. I have one photo taken of a snake I wandered upon back in Greenville which I turned my macro lens eagerly upon. A low resolution version is posted on Instagram. It will also be linked here. Anyway, it’s been a relaxing weekend on the lake so far.

I have two pairs ctures that may have semi-great potential. I’ll have to really make that determination when I get home to Greenville and get them processed in Lightroom. I’ll let those be a surprise.

As for my newly purchased macro lens, here are the details. I buy almost all my lenses used and made no exception here. As I may have mentioned already I shoot with one camera body. It’s so great and set me back so much that I will unlikely be buying a back-up for quite some time. I shoot with a Sony A7RII mirrorless full frame camera. This macro lens has been a unique mounting experience for me. I do shoot with some non-Sony lenses but they are all designed for e-mount. This time I purchased Sony a-mount with an adaptor. For those not in the Sony mirrorless ecosystem, those cameras use a native e-mount. The a-mount is a lens designed to give that extra room needed for DSLR mirrors. The design actually goes back to the Konica Minolta era before Sony purchased their professional camera division. The adaptor give internal control of spatter but I must use the lens focusing ring which I kind of prefer anyway especially when shooting macro. I’m really enjoying this lens and enjoy the savings shoping for a used a-mount instead of an e-mount. It is a Sony 2.8 / 100 MACRO a-mount. Ant it is awesome!

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Sony A-mount MACRO 2.8 / 100 attached to a-to-emount converter

Sony A-mount MACRO 2.8 / 100 attached to a-to-emount converter