PHOTOBLOGGERS CHALLENGE – 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.
Anenome – 1/2000 sec f/14.50 mm ISO 3200
Columbine – 1/60 sec. f/20.50 mm ISO 200
Textures – Columbine blossoms, Spruce Tree & Peony leaves – 1/80 sec. f/11.50 mm ISO 1600
Rose Bee – 1/400 sec f/5.50 mm ISO 200
Velvet Rose Petals – 1/30 sec. f/22.50 mm ISO 800
Cheryle – June 2017
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