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A couple of photography thoughts.

Looking at those photos of bluebells I posted yesterday, I resolve to try to photograph bluebells in the evening, if I am photographing any more of them.  Those look ten times more blue and impressive than the ones I photographed in the sunny morning, and all the shadows have a wonderful blue tone to them, even though the camera was using the same colour balance settings.  I think those particular flowers were specially blue ones, but even so, the lighting is just better.

I am kind of pleased with my photos of bees.   They aren't close to publication standard, but there's a fair level of detail visible, for photos of insects on the move taken in passing as I went up to the compost heap.   I took them with my Nex3, which is starting to nudge into the 'older camera' category, and a 50mm Pentax-M lens that is positively venerable, having been manufactured in the pre-digital 80's for some long-vanished SLR, and crudely married to the Nex3 with a cunning converter ring thing.

I continue to be a bit in love with my manual-focus lenses - I have a selection of ancient Pentax PK-compatible fit lenses, that attach to my Sony Nex3 with a converter ring.

 I really like that you can so easily tell the camera *exactly* what you want in focus - no attempting to persuade an autofocus that thinks it should get a say in the composition what to include, just precise adjustment via the focus ring - and shoot.  My father in law was around here the other day with his new superzoom camera (Panasonic) which is undeniably an awesome bit of kit - amazingly light, and with a built-in lens that you could use to take photos through the window of a house on the other side of a large field - but as soon as I was allowed to play with it, I started to get a little frustrated with the autofocus mechanism.  Next time I buy a camera, I think I probably want one with manual focus at least as an option.

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wellinghall
5th May, 2014 18:42 (UTC)
Manual focus is one of those things I really should do more often.
bunn
5th May, 2014 19:12 (UTC)
I wasn't at all sure that I was going to like using manual focus a lot, but when ancient manual focus lenses were so cheap on Ebay, it seemed worth a try. But although I do have a modern um, 20-55mm I think lens for that camera, I can't remember the last time I actually used it. I mostly use the 50mm lens, and occasionally swap to the 20mm or just use my phone for wide-angle.
wellinghall
6th May, 2014 15:00 (UTC)
Does your 20-55mm lens allow manual focus, or not? (My equivalent 12-60mm lens does, which is one reason why I haven't got any old lenses for my camera - although I still don't use MF on it very often).

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