Tuesday, March 16, 2010

just ducky

It will be a while before I am used to this new camera. A friend from work let me borrow his lenses. He used them for his film camera, and I am hoping I can buy one or two of them from him. I am also hoping the birds will let me get a little closer for their photos.

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The borrowed lenses are manual focus (210mm and 300mm), and this is a wake up call for me, because I am reeeeeally sllloww in setting up a shot. Then, when I finally go to snap the photo, I am about as steady as Deputy Barney Fife is with his service revolver. The Pentax's "continuous shooting" feature is going to come in handy! But not being a natural, or having a knack at it is not a deterrent for me. It is always a good experience to get out there, and observe things. Sometimes the reward is in what I've captured; sometimes the reward is just being there.

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As you can see, the robins have come out. There was one on the ground, yanking at a worm. I wish I had that picture for you. ...Maybe another time.

8 comments:

imac said...

Just Ducky - for now - wait till that gathering of Drakes, just around the bend, waiting,lol

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I'm often very slow at setting up shots too, Craver, although I'm getting a little faster with practice. Getting used to a new camera takes time. You wnt the mallards to come closer? Next time, take a slice of bread with you and give them bits and pieces, ;-)

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Craver: Well my boy, the things you pay for when you go high tech. Best of luck with the new lens and camera. I mostly shot on auto.

Shammickite said...

I think you're doing OK with the new camera. I like the shot of Mr and Mrs Mallard. Nice to see open water too, instead of ice!

Craver Vii said...

A gang of Drakes? Sir Francis who??? Yikes, Imac!

Good idea, EG. It was a spur of the moment thing, but I suppose it wouldn't hurt to keep a baggie with a little bread in the car on weekends. I hear that bread is a good appetizer for fish, too... a hooked worm being the main course.

I suppose I should trust the camera's auto settings more, Fishing Guy, but I feel like I'm missing something if I don't know what the settings mean.

Shammy, I love how fast the Pentax is, compared to the Mavica. It is easier to put these on the computer and keep a relatively clean (empty) memory card. The other camera uses mini discs, which I have to finalize, and they're not re-usable.

Chris said...

Hi,
These are two beautiful pictures anyway even if the settings were slowed up. This is very often what happen when using a big lens, it is even worse if you use an extender, but your two pictures are beautiful... A bit more practice ;-)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Those are great shots Craver and you will get used to the new camera in no time at all. It just seems complicated at first. A month from now you will be wondering what you were making a fuss about. :)

Craver Vii said...

Chris, I think I am going to purchase my buddy's 300mm lens. I found a cheap 70-210 online. It does not have auto-focus, but I couldn't beat the price. I hope I learn to get steady shots like you. Well, maybe not THAT good, but better than what I've been doing anyway.

That is a comforting word of encouragement, Joan. I find that right now, the percentage of keeps versus throwaways is really bad, compared to the Mavica I used, but a person has to start somewhere, right?