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A BIG Week!!!

Gosh, it's been so long since I checked in here (well, long for me)... I've had a massive week.

I got my new lense on Thursday, and OMG, it was totally worth the measley $113 I paid for it, and the trek out to South Melbourne to pick it up (which was actually quite nice because Dave came with me, and it was just us and Bryn, and because he used to work in South Melbourne - during two different periods of his life - he was pointing to me all the landmarks, or rather lack thereof as most every place he knew back then was gone! We stopped for coffee, and it almost, kind of, felt like our pre-kids days...

Anyway, took some pics AS SOON AS I got a chance to put the new lense on my camera (which, of course, I had with me)... I have a lot to learn about the focal length of this lense set at 1.8-3.5... My teacher actually gave our class a little table of focal lengths on different lenses at different f stops, but didn't go below 4.0 so I'm in the dark with it atm...

Anyway, I took about 120 shots on the Thursday, but only sort of happy with a handful of them, because of my lack of familiarity with the focal length - here are a few of them, and they look ok, but Cass, I'm sure you (for example, and others too who are looking with a more critical eye) will see that some of the pics are a bit soft (and these were my GOOD pics, hahaha)...

I'm VERY impressed with the bokeh this lense creates, it's LOVELY and soft!

This one, for example is a bit soft, but I still like it for the expression on Bryn's face, that "What are you saying, Dad?" expression...

Aw, Luey hugging Bryn, luckily Bryn doesn't seem to mind...

Erik really isn't pissed off with me, this is one of his "photo looks", this frown is a pose of his, hahahaha - he's such an actor!

Luey just getting ready to race up along the footpath...

Eating muffin, yum!
Said muffin...

Bryn is ALREADY getting into the competition to be the first to press the button on the way home in the bus - I really like this shot!

A little "Charlie's Angels" isn't it?

Yes, that is a Macca's cup, but he's drinking orange juice (ok, ok, I'm well aware that their orange juice isn't freshly squeezed and preservative free)...

Luey checking out his pasta meal toy... I quite like this one because of the worried look on the character's face, almost as if he is looking back at Luey in the background, kind of brings the toy to life...

Now this one shows how short the focal length on this lense set at 1.8 really is... The packaging in the front is blurred, as is Erik himself, only his hands in the middle ground and more or less focused...

Now, it has taken me this long to post these pics, because all week I've been run off my feet knitting and embellishing longies, shorties, and soakers for my new shop! OMG, I can't believe I've done this... I've been selling my stuff through another shop on this sight for a while, but feeling the need to have more control over when things go up, the blurb going with the stuff etc. (not that Leah hasn't been endlessly accommodating, I extremely grateful to both Leah and Kate for hosting my stuff all this time!), I decided to take more responsibility for my stuff... Now this particular shop will only sell woollens for a little bit (I have another deal in the works for the woolly stuff), but will later be where I sell my other business idea that I intimated about a last week, but that I'm not ready to reveal yet (though some of you know about it already, LOL, because I have a big mouth really)...

Yeah, so it's been one of those big weeks - and I'm sure I've forgotten to mention something... Will check back if I remember it...

Comments

casso said…
LOL Sif, I hope I'm not just 'critical' but also 'constructive'! :o) You are really understanding more and more about the lens and its capacity to focus when you use it down at 1.8. I tend to use mine at about 2.8 and find I can get focus across the bridge of the nose and both eyes, whereas at 1.8 it's too narrow for strong portrait work and just comes out as all soft.

I really like your muffin shot and the last shot of Erik out of this lot. The one of Bryn with the bus button might be a good conversion? It reminds me of the shot in my Flickr stream of Harry reaching for the tap.

I must admit to logging in a bit recently to see if you'd posted any shots from your new lens! :o) Are you shooting RAW or jpeg? I switched back from RAW because I don't have noiseware and I was getting significant noise in RAW. Although Rawshooter is awesome for bulk WB changes in PP, I just couldn't justify the noise. I need to buy some noiseware I think.

Ok, enough babble from me, sorry! So stoked to see you enjoying your new lens though. Congratulations on your new baby! :o)

Cheers, Cass
Sif said…
Hahahaha, so funny the two shots you liked. That muffin shot was a total fluke, it was like the third shot I took, and I honestly didn't even know what I was shooting (didn't choose and angle or check the focus particularly closely or anything) because I took it only to show Dave how awesome the lense was in low light (we were sitting inside a cafe, in bulb lighting and it was overcast outside, and the windows we were sitting next to were tinted, so with my other regular lense the shot would have been impossible!)...

The one of Erik, didn't turn out how I wanted because he was so blurred himself, I thought he'd be a bit clearer, and the hands aren't a strong focal subject, but still, considering those tongs are the ONLY reason the boys chose the pasta meal over the regular Happy Meal, the subject of the tongs made sense...

As always, you've broadened my horizons, LOL! No, I'm not shooting in RAW yet, though I've heard good things about RAW, but you know I hadn't heard about the noise factor, or even heard the term noiseware - so yet another thing for me to learn about, thanks!
Bin said…
I have no idea what you're talking about but I like looking at your photos. I think they all look pretty cool, but maybe that doesn't mean much from someone like me who knows nothing... I'm intrigued by your business idea but I'm sure whatever it is will be great, you just seem to be so on top of what is the best thing for your life of late...
katef said…
Oh nifty new lense you lucky thing! I so need to spend some time one day learning more about all this stuff but I love your shots.. love the depth of field in the one with Luey and the toy!
And yes I am dead curious about this new venture too... I know it will be something fabo!
Amanda O. said…
Another one who only knows half of what you two are on about but will say I really did like (composition wise) the one of Erik and the one of Bryn with the button. As much as photography is about the technical aspects, a lot of it is still about the 'instant emotional appeal' and 'interesting visually' aspects, so that's what I'm going to comment on! ;-)

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