About Me…

                             Pete Kasmala


I’ve always been fascinated with the natural world. As a child, I was most interested in insects, but have grown to enjoy finding and observing all kinds of wildlife. Photography is a skill that I’m constantly working to improve at so that I can produce better work every single year. I enjoy the challenge, and it allows me to capture some of the beautiful moments I find in nature and share them with others.

No animals, including bugs, are ever harmed in the making of my images. I take photos of them where they live in nature, and try not to disturb them in the process.

My Etsy shop is here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/NatureCratePhoto

On Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/nature_crate_photo/

If you have any questions, please let me know and I’ll respond ASAP. Thanks for stopping by!






2 thoughts on “About Me…

  1. Hi Pete,
    How are you? Amazing photos!
    What budget lens would you recommend me for portrait and macro?
    tokina 100 2.8 ?
    I got nikon d700 full frame
    What lens do you use for macro?
    Thank you for replay
    Wish you best


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    1. Hey Rob. Thanks for the kind words.

      All lenses are a compromise of some sort…it depends what the lens designers wanted it to do. To be honest, I wouldn’t recommend using the same lens to do portrait and macro, unless you’re really in a pinch. Macro lenses (the real ones that can do 1:1, anyway) are pretty much sharp as hell, regardless of who makes them. While this characteristic is very desirable for macro work, it is actually fairly undesirable for portraits, as it will reveal every skin pore, pimple, hair, makeup edge, and blemish with razor-sharp clarity. Women in particular do not want these things to be visible in their portraits, so it will mean extra time for you in post-processing, as you smooth all of these things away manually. Also, macro lenses tend to have just so-so bokeh because they’re not engineered with that in mind, but rather sharpness and 1:1 magnification. The best portrait lenses are flattering to the skin without revealing too much detail, and have wonderful bokeh that allows the subject to pop out of a nice, soft background.

      I’ve seen great reviews for the Tokina 100mm 2.8, but I haven’t tried it. I currently use the Nikon 60mm f2.8D macro lens for bug photos. I also use the 85mm f1.8G for portraits (pretty much always right at f2) and it does a very nice job for the price (both are used on a D7200.) If/when I get an FX body, I will probably upgrade to my dream portrait lens, the 105mm f2 DC.

      Best wishes,


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