6.04.2009

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so, once i put my old lens on my new camera... i've kind of been a picture taking fool.

IT'S TEH AWESOME.

i'm really trying to learn about lenses. fixed lenses and compound lenses and focal lengths, because they completely and utterly confound me. my brain turns into 3-day old odiferous oatmeal when i try to mentally parse it out, but i must grasp it before i go insane.

basically, my fixed lens (50 mm?) allows for a super big (small #?) aperture (f1.4). yay for easier low light photos! is that what they mean by a "fast" lens? it also turns my camera fully manual, which i'm kind of liking.
  • focusing is done manually, which is rather hard. my fe2 had this... split screen focusing "thing" so that it was a lot easier to see the focus through the viewfinder. i'm not sure if my new camera has something to replicate this feature.
  • exposure is also manual, so i'm doing a lot of guesstimation in my head on the fly. i'll take a photo outside at f1.4 at 1/250 and end up with a white screen. oops! so it's making a lot more aware of what's going on with my camera, which i had sorely missed when i went digital. i loved that little bar that moved up and down, helping me find the right balance of aperture and shutter speed. i just need to create the bar in my head...
  • it's WEIRD not being able to zoom. i've read some articles that say that a fixed lens makes you a better photographer, and while i think that's kind of rubbish, it does make you a hell of a lot less lazy. the view is completely different through this old lens and i often find myself way too close to objects i'm trying to photograph. i end up thinking a lot more about my photos, rather than just turning my hand to either zoom in or out.
and so, without further ado, cute pictures of my cats! i know i can't ever get enough.

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2 comments:

Sleep Goblin said...

your photos always inspire me

lepetitdoodler said...

these photos are beautiful!!!