Not sure what she photographs at this point – just checking settings, perhaps.
Probably not the most flattering choice of preset there – it’s one I’ve named ‘A Warm Middle’ – monochrome, with cold shadows and highlights, and, well, a warm middle.
Charlie likes penguins.
A quick joiner of three shots of Charlie, with a penguin running around her feet. They play with dots of reflected light, just like cats. At the top right is the CD the penguin keeper was using to shine light for them to chase. Playful penguins.
My Sony NEX-6 has a couple of features that make it practical to attach old lenses to it. I bought a few old lenses on eBay, but one of them is really standing out for me – an Asahi Takumar from around 1971. It’s heavy, the lens elements have gone a bit yellow with age, […]
I took the same photo with the kit zoom that came with my Sony NEX-6, then the Asahi Super Takumar 50mm f/1.4. Sony kit lens first: Nice colours, but the background can’t be blurred out much. Next up, the Takumar: The background blurs out really nicely, but the colour is completely different – oddly, the […]
Sparrows in the hedge by the side of the Grand Western Canal. All snapped with the Sony 55-210 zoom lens. I’d love a lens that could go a bit wider, but the nice thing about this one is that it fits quite neatly into a coat pocket, so I can take it with me when […]
Two pictures of blossom on the same tree, at Bickleigh Mill. That tree seems to be running a bit early.
These were taken with my NEX-6, using the 40-year-old Asahi SMC Takumar 50mm f/1.4 lens. The focal length worked well for a few shots that day, but they needed more correction than I’d have liked afterwards for purple and green fringing on high-contrast areas. Maybe the modern 50mm f/1.8 would be a good idea. Not quite as wide an aperture, but probably more usable, especially with auto focus.
The Sony NEX-6 makes it easy to use vintage (or ‘legacy’) lenses. I had a couple of different old lenses with me out on a bit of moorland near home. Neither of these are expensive lenses, though the Takumar came down to a bit of good eBay luck. Neither lens is really perfect. The Takumar […]
I recently bought a Tamrac Zipshot tripod – a very good deal at only £14, from Wex Photographic. It’s a very light-weight tripod, and not the most stable platform, but it works quite well with my little NEX-6, it’s quick and easy to set up, and easy to carry around. The winter nights get dark […]