Here comes the short-lived weekend, a very much needed break from everything else, and just be with me and myself only. I told myself to make sure I would utilize other lenses than my current over-used macro. I did started shooting with the tele zoom lens, but after so many shots somehow it made an automatic switch back to macro.
It is ironic when most DSLR users started out with the standard body and kit lens combo, the next big thing (if not already included in the combo) they would definitely hunt for was the tele zoom. Why? Because tele lens can bring subjects from far closer to you.
In logical photography sense, if you can't get close enough, you can't get good enough of a picture.
Now lets bend the definition of close enough. If you are indeed literally close enough, and by skill, luck or just plain simplicity you can somehow get within extreme close range with your subjects, two other lenses would open up a whole new world of perspectives and possibilities (that the former tele lens cannot): macro lens and ultra wide angle.
There is just so much to love about the macro lens !! It goes really close up, and it reveals superbly fine details that we are not able to see with naked eye.
Shooting through glass has become one of the main theme in this session. Most of the subjects were behind glass which was not exactly crystal clear, or clean. There were scratches and dirt marks all over the panes.
The challenge was obvious, the glass with such scratches and dirts would cause ghosting or blurring distractions to the pictures. Furthermore this could also result in less than natural feel of the picture, since the first thing that caught the viewers mind would be the line of crack that clearly defined the existence of glass.
I have heard plenty of complains by other users (other brands obviously) that autofocus is quite a fuss when there is a glass before the subject. Interestingly, I find no trouble at all focusing through the glass with my macro lens. Yes, this time I have set my lens to fully autofocus mode, since all my subjects were actively moving, keeping track with manual focus was just insane.
To minimize the earlier mentioned problem of glass scratches and dirt paints, careful placement of the subjects, and framing can do the trick. I could not fully eliminate the undesirable effect of shooting through glass, as the imperfections still show, but these are the results I can say I am happy with for now.
I have been doing some thinking about my blog, and the direction of my entries I am taking these days. I felt as if something was missing. The element I have been lacking was: human. I have been posting less and less pictures of people I connect with. Some of my readers have even pointed out that my entries somehow screamed loneliness. True, to a certain extent.
Nonetheless, my life currently, is not exactly that "happening". Besides, I have learned that not everyone loves their faces being plastered on a blog that can be accessed and viewed everywhere in the world.
We will see how this goes, I shall make more effort in capturing photos or friends, and blog about them.
Oh, and the matter of friends. Lets leave that to another entry, someday.