Smoke & Mirrors

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Sometimes the magic doesn’t happen.

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I had a plan: take the A99 and Sigma 100-300mm F4, with a tripod, to the seaside, pick a spot and let the kids and dogs play for a while.

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It all fits rather neatly in my new Tenba camera bag and would give me the opportunity to test the lens properly, with stability, and to practise shooting moving targets 😉

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The plan was not well received.

 

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The tripod stayed in the car and we wandered up (down?) the coast, stopping here and there along the way.

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So, all images are handheld, only reiterating what I already know: motion is an issue, metering a PITA with mostly backlit subjects – resulting in muddy midtones, underexposed subject and blown highlights.

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Joy.

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Another query that is difficult to answer is whether lens have a sweet spot in terms of lens focal length vs distance of subject. I find when shooting across greateer distance the images have a jello effect, no particular area of sharpness or focus.

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But, with the usual array of subjects and standard static shots, I gotta say, the lens renders very well. Lovely contrast, colour and sharpness.

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The AF is great, and I did (just) catch the odd ‘action’ shot.

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In under two years I can clearly see a pattern of improvement, from knowing absolutely nothing about ISO, shutter speed and aperture, composition, metering etc to….here. But, there is still a loooong way to go it seems.

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Inspiration, where art thou?

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🙂 

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One comment on “Smoke & Mirrors

  1. I really like the 6 last pictures (specially the one with the little wall on the side of the road/path).

    Being a birdwatcher (with the spring migration just starting) I can only drool at the idea of a 300m f4…..

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