Recently I have been thinking about how what I believe (or do not believe) holds me back when I attempt to create a photograph. Over the years of using my various digital cameras I have moved from fully automatic to fully manual use of my cameras controls. Except when it comes to focussing.
I wear spectacles with vari-focal lenses because I have astigmatism (that's odd shaped eye balls).
This means that I have just about always relied upon the camera's autofocusing mechanism. Obviously, because I believed that, even after adjusting the diopter setting, I could not focus accurately with my eyes then I never really tried to seriously test this belief. My "I can't focus belief" was reenforced many times over the years because, believe me, I have produced a lot of unintentionally out of focus photographs.
Last month I bought a x2 teleconverter for my biggest lens, a Canon 100-400mm zoom. It wasn't until afterwards that I discovered that, while the teleconverter is designed to flawlessly incorporate auto-focussing, the exception is for my lens! [The technical reason is that the autofocus stops above f/6 and with the x2 teleconverter attached the minimum aperture is f/11).
Yesterday I took my Canon 5D mkII with one lens, the 100-400mm zoom with the x2 teleconverter attached to London's WWT at Barnes.
When I got there I realised that while I had the monopod quick release plate attached to the lens that I had left the monopod at home. So what was I to do? Give up? Go home and kick myself?
This photograph of a wet feathered duck was created by handholding the camera and lens, with zoom fully extended. The details from the EXIF date are:
Shutterspeed 1/640th of a second
focal length 800 mm
What the EXIF data does not say is "Stephen your belief is clearly wrong!"
Tags: Wildlife and nature