Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Testing a new lens
Tomorrow I will be meeting two bloggers from Whidbey Island for mochas. It should be interesting to get to know these two ladies in person.
I have been faithful on my trips to the YMCA to exercise. I hope it will do what I want it to do, have me loose some weight & get into better physical shape, and that I keep up with the program. I really want to do it so think it won't be something that gets dropped.
I finally did get the chance to go out and take some photos with my new Nikor 50mm f/1.8 lens. This would be considered a standard lens on a 35mm camera but on mine is fills the CCD (image sensor) like a 75mm lens would on a 35mm. In other words, it becomes like a slight telephoto, but it is fast in that it opens pretty big to let a lot of light in. It will work better in low light levels than my other lenses.
This first photo is of the small island in our front yard. The red lava rock is new this year, replacing cedar bark. It should be more permanent than the bark. The photo isn't all that great but it does show sharpness and depth of field:
Next is a scene in the front yard of my neighbor's house. He painted this manual water pump & set it in place with the old bench. I think it looks kind of neat:
Here are some more flower photos, but this one includes a passenger. There is a snail snuggled down into the bloom on the left:
These are probably the last of the roses for the season. As you can see I can't get anywhere near as close with this lens as I can with the macro one, but the image is pretty close. This is a slight enlargement, not using quite all of the full frame:
This sign came with the house when we bought it and the message on it sure is correct. I am not much of a yard work person but happily the yard isn't too large. I am planning to use more of that red lava rock next year to cut down even more on things that have to continually be done. Anyway, here is the sign:
Hope you have good time meeting your new friends for mochas.
Keep up the good work with your exercising. I need to do some myself, but I'm very limited in what I can do due to my arthritis and some other health concerns.
Have a good rest of the week, Dick. ;D
I'm wondering too if you'll be posting some of your homework on your blog. Keep us updated on what you're learning in class - sounds interesting.
The on-line class does sound very interesting.
love your photo's the colour of the hydragea and the snail and that rose so vivid. i shall return to read more
Good luck with the working out, dear one. And I hope your meet up with your friends goes wonderfully!
I will probably post some photos from the class. This first week we are not using any of our own work, just working with three images in Photoshop that the instructor has posted on the school system.
The get together for a mocha today with the two Whidbey Island bloggers was fun. Look for a post soon about it.
Glad to see you're keeping busy! :) And you're right. It's probably a good thing you waited for the Photoshop class.
So glad that you got the class. I only wish I was in it with you and meeting you for mochas! Can't wait for more class pics.
It was fun meeting you in person and chatting!! Give us a call next time you are through here.
I sure wish I could have met with you, Phyllis and Mary Lou yesterday. Today I get to lunch with my blogger sisters for the first time.
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