PBC – June 2017 – Use a Different Lens


Many years ago, I purchased my first SLR camera – A Chinon. I loved it!  I was in heaven snapping pictures in my living room, on the street, in the park, or off my balcony, where ever I was.  I barely learned how to use the ASA, F-stop and Aperture functions before developing the film became too expensive.  The undeveloped rolls languished in my fridge for 20 years or so.  A sad state of affairs.

One day, when I was feeling particularly unhappy, I swept into the camera store and walked out with a Nikon D60,  three lenses, a couple of filters, a charger, an extra battery, a cleaning kit, and a camera bag. I was in heaven.  The one and only time I treated myself to such an extravagant shopping spree.  I smile every time I think of it.

This month’s A lil Hoohaa – Photo Bloggers Challenge is to use a different lens. This technical challenge was the impetus I needed to finally start to figure out how to use my NIKON D60 in a mode other than “Auto” or what I call “Running Man”.  The Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1:1.8D lens I opted to use for this project has never been used previously.  It has lain in the camera bag sad and unwanted.  Not unwanted because it was considered inferior, unused because I was intimidated.  After all, it is a manual lens. In my mind, I could only use it if I knew what I was doing.  And I don’t.  So it sat inside its black bag, waiting for me to know what to do.

I enjoyed this challenge, more than any of the others I have participated in.  I learned a few things, I remembered a few things, and I;m anticipating future fun.  The photos look more 3 dimensional, the colours appear to be richer, the textures more touchable, and  f/11 is still my favourite f-stop.  I look forward to using this lens on a regular basis.

Anemone a

Anenome – 1/2000 sec f/14.50 mm ISO 3200

Columbine aColumbine – 1/60 sec. f/20.50 mm ISO 200

columbines spruce texture aTextures – Columbine blossoms, Spruce Tree & Peony leaves – 1/80 sec. f/11.50 mm ISO 1600

Rose bee aRose Bee – 1/400 sec f/5.50 mm ISO 200


Velvet Petals aVelvet Rose Petals – 1/30 sec. f/22.50 mm ISO 800

Cheryle – June 2017

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A ‘lil Hoohaa Photo Bloggers Challenge June 2017






16 thoughts on “PBC – June 2017 – Use a Different Lens

  1. You did a fantastic job! Such great quality pictures!
    I love the story how you ended up purchasing your camera equipment! Way to go, and here’s to many more photo blogging opportunities!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  2. How exciting to have a new camera with different lenses to play with taking photos! It looks like you’re well on your way to mastering this challenge. Sometimes the best way to learn something new is to just dig in and learn from those mistakes. Having a digital camera makes that part a lot easier than when we had file cameras. All the best and happy shooting! Love your photo selections.

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  3. I like your story of when you purchased your camera. Manual lenses can be harder to use but they do allow for creative freedom which shows in your work.

    I like the contrasting lighting in your last two shots of rose petals it gives the shot a retro feel. I used to use a Nikon D60 it now lies redundant in my camera draw, it’s had lots of use and the shutter button sticks sometimes but it still works i might get it out again someday. I’m also wondering did you ever get your color film processed in your fridge? You could be sitting on an amazing archive of retro images?

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  4. The spruce branches look like a little starfish. I enjoy going on full manual every now and then. It’s much easier with digital in that you can review what you got. But sometimes that unknown with film makes it that much more exciting. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Woah! I’d leave a fully manual lens sitting in my bag, too. Hard enough to manage the exposure triangle. You did so well with this additional level of creative control and I am really glad it’s November before I made time to visit everyone’s June posts. Those delicate blossoms are a lovely contrast to the snow outside my window.

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