Yep, I’ve abandoned the ease of Automatic digital photography, so the challenge and tedium of confusing numbers. I bought a Canon DSLR some weeks ago and this week received my first fancy lenses and a ring adapter for Pentax lenses I already have. I wanted to branch out and take photos of different things, and know what, how, when and why I was doing what I was doing. So today I spent what is probably only the third session with my camera since buying it, up on the moors at Rivington. The results were mixed. I filled the CF card, switched lenses three times to get a feel for each and took about 110 pictures. The only thing is manual focus, by eye, is difficult. I keep getting home and finding pictures which looked fine on the viewfinder and screen are blurred on the laptop. I know I need to shoot faster with a wider aperture. The sunlight and shadows were a real challenge too but I got a few pictures i was really pleased with.
I shall share them with you. Let me know what you think. Autumn light is certainly a treat for the photographer. I am also thinking this week about sticking with this 365 project for another year, since if I don’t I’ll just be making pictures for my own amusement. The 365 community is a nice circle to be part of and audience when it comes to these creative pursuits, is pretty important in my book. Otherwise you’re just sitting in your room like a serial killer making a pretty soulless body of work to be found after your death. For several years I wrote a bucket load of poems and showed them to no one, they were personal epiphanies. Now though I suppose the things I do are less personal and more accessible. Or at least I hope. Have a good week everyone, the cold weather is creeping in tonight for sure. Midweek I’m thinking of posting a story, poem, photo, illustration combination again.