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Today I had the first apple off the early apple tree.  Oddly, the top of the tree has not really set fruit but the bottom of the tree is weighed down with it. It's a good week or more before they are usually ripe, too.

I have also managed to find some more sheltered rowan trees that managed to set fruit this year - was it a particularly windy spring, I wonder?  The ones in exposed positions seem to have very little fruit.  But the little crab apple trees are covered: I have filled my bag with crabapples and not made a dent!  Jelly here we come!
This photo, apart from demonstrating what a splendid number of crab apples I have got, also shows that sometimes autofocus is more hassle than it's worth.  I wanted to take a photo showing the rich colours of the apples against the dark surface, but the autofocus on the lens that happened to be on my camera threw a wobbly, and would not focus because it thought there was not enough light, even though I could see clearly that the image was fine.

 I swapped the lens to a manual focus one, which instead of worrying that it was too dark, simply focussed where I told it to, and got a much better clearer image.  Of course this works best for still life where the item is not likely to move about.   The apples in the foreground are not quite crisp though, I could maybe have used a slightly deeper depth of field. Hey ho.

Here is a bonus photo of a longleggedy pony foal, for no particular reason other than that I liked it.:


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20th Jul, 2011 19:59 (UTC)
Could you have manually focussed the first lens?
20th Jul, 2011 20:11 (UTC)
I think I probably could have done, but only by fiddling around awkwardly in the software (and then remembering where it was, to turn it off again afterwards).

It was quicker to swap lenses, particularly as the Nex3 autodetects if you are using a manual focus lens and offers you a one-click 'manual focus assist' mode which makes getting the focus just right really easy and intuitive. I love manual focus! It's so off and onable!
20th Jul, 2011 20:13 (UTC)
That is a point in its favour over the E-420, then.
20th Jul, 2011 20:19 (UTC)
I am seriously loving this camera, I must say.

I'd like a proper autofocus zoom lens for it - I think image stabilisation and autofocus really comes into its own on big zooms, my manual zoom is a bit harder to use - but for portraits and garden pics and still lifes, the Nex3 with a cheapo adaptor and an ancient manual lens from the 1980's does a fab job. Actually it does a pretty fab job on moving images too, as long as you think a bit about where you want the focus to be.

I really like being able to easily decide the focus, rather than pointing and hoping the lens autofocus will work out what I mean!
20th Jul, 2011 20:20 (UTC)
Using a manual focus lens on mine is do-able, but fiddly.
21st Jul, 2011 04:09 (UTC)
have you ever made crabapple brandy? The recipe is: take a mason jar or something, just so it has a lid you can screw on. Fill it up with crabapples that are in good shape--nothing soft or icky. (But you can always put in ones that have the soft bits trimmed off.) Then pour brandy in until the jar is full. you can use whatever quality brandy you like. Close the jar, put it in the pantry, forget about it for 6 months, remember in winter when you are looking for that tin of mulling spices, strain the brandy through a bit of cheesecloth and sip. Fantastic.

The only catch is that you have to like brandy. If you don't, give it to a friend as a wintery present and they will think you are very clever. :D
21st Jul, 2011 08:49 (UTC)
Ooh, intriguing. I've not made that. I've made blackberry vodka, which is a similar idea, but only only takes a month or so to be drinkable (yay!), but you add sugar to that so it's almost more like a liqueur.

Crabapple brandy sounds worth a try!
21st Jul, 2011 15:08 (UTC)
naturally I cannot now find a recipe online, so I guess you will have to trust me :)

hmmmm. Why did I never make blackberry vodka when I was drowning in blackberries? What a good idea--better than simply eating them straight up all in one frenzied month, like I did.

yes, it is very hard to wait for the brandy: that's why I recommend hiding it so it doesn't make you miserable staring at it. Also I like how it doesn't turn out sweet, which can be a nice contrast to other flavored alcohols.
21st Jul, 2011 21:22 (UTC)
Hmm, it occurs to me that one could make an unsweetened blackberry brandy using the same method. I may try both, as I found a new crabapple tree today, and it looks like it's going to be an amazing year for blackberries (if the rain holds off!)

21st Jul, 2011 23:49 (UTC)
oh, hey now, A+ idea. I may just try that myself, actually. Sounds delicious. And don't forget to then post pictures which will make us all jealous. :D also you can give it people in little bottles as presents and they will think you're some sort of rock star. Or more of one.

(scuttles off to harass my wonderful friends who have both a crabapple tree in front AND a backyard full of blackberries...)
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