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Yet more sillyness01/01/2013 - 8:54 PM
I got given a prime lens - secondhand so it's all about recycling and stuff - and the adaptor finally arrived yesterday so I was let loose to try it all out today.
The sun was shining, the tide was out, dogs of all varieties were running around ( who would own a husky in this country? And why? It must run hot in the summer. Hmm..maybe not ) and people were, in general, enjoying themselves - hey, I even managed to keep both feet dry!
Now I took photographs of such technical and compositional brilliance that they would have won awards and international renown had I bothered to submit them to public and professional critique. Gauranteed.
Only slight problem being that I've been spoiled, nurtured and lulled into a state of near one finger automation by the joy which is AF mode on this less than entry level, old DSLR with which I'm fiddling. And this "new" lens requires full manual setting. No problem with that, before I left I'd set the camera to manual, I knew it was on manual, I even mentioned that it was on manual. Once I looked at the sun, glanced at the scene in front of me and moved the stop from F16 to F8, I was that aware of being on manual. So how come I never once adjusted shutter speed? Not once (sigh)
I'm beyond recovery now, too drunk to drive even if I was allowed, heck, I wouldn't let myself behind the wheel right now, but my point, yes, there may be one in here somewhere, is that on this new years day, perhaps a lot of us have something or someone in our lives which we treat or interreact with on AF mode. Perhaps if we were to pay a little more attention, look a little more closely, we'd realise we're actually operating on full manual setting and should be moving the speed dial or ISO setting now and again to obtain those award winning results we all crave. Perhaps the answers lie there, right in front of us, we just need to stop and appreciate what we have already. Basically, stop rushing about being all smug because we've got something which makes us better or more clever than everyone else and think about the person stood next to us or the things already in our lives which need a little more care and attention. I dunno, maybe I'm just being stupid again.