All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without benefit of experience. ~ Henry Miller
I feel like I stuck a toe in and said “yup the water is just fine” and then did a cannon ball in the middle of the pool. The photo bug has bit hard. I ended up back at the camera shop today. My SD card was going and they will replace them for free, plus I wanted an extra back-up battery and another card. Well, I had a thought… do you know where this is going.
Well I had a thought – if my 85mm f1.4 is back ordered until the end of November. Ugh and double ugh, well maybe a 50mm f1.4 would work. I took some sample shots with my camera and then some sample shots with the macro 60mm f2.8. Well hands down I liked the macro lens better for portrait – it’s a good length and good complement to the 85mm, plus the extra bonus of macro. Some folks poo-poo this lens as being too short for macro that you block your own light. Others poo-poo the crispness of the photos because – well some folks don’t want to look to crisp. You can put a filter on to soften things up – or that little tool we call Photoshop would work wonders. I read the reviews, but when I used them this one was better for me. Don’t worry I’m not the only one in this camp – there are folks on both sides. It’s funny though – because different tools seem to work differently for folks. Like ice cream you need many flavors.
Plus if you didn’t look at the exif data – why would you – most of the macro shots that made the cut for photos to post after the class were with the 60mm. It was smaller, lighter, and easier to handle for me – so home it came. I could’ve probably worked with the 105mm a bit more – the vibration reduction would have been nice, but really I need one I can stand a little closer to the subject and one I’ll stand a little further away from for a different perspective. Like I said a complement. I don’t know why I’m talking I’ll just show you.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you…
My friend Mailbox. She lives in our mailbox. I’ve evicted her 3 different times and yet she shows back up. I believe just a common house spider. She just moves to the side when I get my mail and I let her be now. This was taken with an off camera flash bounced back into the mailbox, but not directly on her.