Two and one are here
Sanctuary here, and joy
Sun and moon, and more
This photo, as I worked on it and after, sent me into a reflection on life and its symbols. So many aspects. So many important things.
What do you see here?
I’ve been largely out of WordPress touch since the last week of April, when Anita and I flew to France to begin our first Camino Santiago. We chose the Camino Frances, which is the most popular. We also chose not to walk all of the 780 kilometers (485 miles) from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in the French Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela near the NW coast of Spain.
We walked some of the most difficult stages, such as the first stage from France through the Cize Passes to Roncesvalles, following the route taken by Charlemagne in the 8th C and Napoleon Bonaparte in the 19th. Not counting sightseeing we walked almost 200 km in about 15 different bits.
I’ve seen this rare female mallard every day. Finally took my NEX-5N to get a better shot than the one i took with my ipod Touch. Should have used the 200 mm lens but the camera fits in my pocket with its 18-50 mm lens. Next time I’ll get serious and bring the old MAXXUM 5D with its 300 mm lens.
Had to use manual focus on this shot. She didn’t cooperate by staying put so I had to move along a steep, icy bank and shoot between bushes. This is where a proper viewfinder is better. The screen is hard to use in a tricky situation, especially when evaluating the sharpness of your subject in MF assist.
The two ducks turned out to be in the bottom left of the photo, so I finished this by cropping.
It’s hard to tell, but I think the lack of sharpness is more a limitation of the lens since the birds were 60 feet away, but I really felt I was guessing at the best focus with the MF assist feature.
Anyway, the photo ain’t bad, and it is an interesting duck, AND I didn’t slip down the slope into the icy water! Bonus!
My first successful experiment with long exposure times. I like the silken look of the water in this and the lack of obvious scale. It’s pretty hard to tell how big or small the waterfall is. Gotta say I didn’t stay out too long as it was threatening rain (I felt a few drops). This was taken with my old Konica-Minolta Maxxum 5D SLR using a Tamron f 2.8 90 mm macro lens and shutter speed priority. Exposure: 1 s, f-stop 29, ISO 100. I used a tripod and a cable shutter release and manual focusing. Tried different exposure times; this one worked best. Continue reading “Slow Shutter Speed”
This is the same photo taken this morning in slight fog simply cropped and uncropped. Think I like the uncropped version best. I limited myself to 5:4 ratio in portrait orientation for the crop. Other details:
- Sony NEX-5N camera
- Foc. Length 54 mm
- Aperture Priority f 5.6 (maximum allowable on Sony’s E 18-55mm lens
- Exposure correction -0.3 EV
- Polarizing filter – forgot it was on there, hence not adjusted. I was rushed…
- Manual focus using MF assist
- Camera selected 1/100th s and ISO 640.
Let me know what you think about the crops or anything else, other than… I know… the rushing, please.
Bought a new SONY NEX-5N camera a month or two ago. Spent a couple of weeks testing it and decided to keep it. Having some regard for the planet (and my bank balance) I do not upgrade electronics just because something better has just come out, and I spent some time agonizing over the things the NEX-5N wouldn’t do that my old Konica-Minolta Maxxum 5D digital SLR would.
The answer, after a time-consuming comparison: not much. Continue reading “OK, I’m A Geek”