Photo Friday always seems to sneak up on me each week. Like somehow I don’t remember that it’s coming. Perhaps here recently it’s been due to the fact that I have been so easy with the end of the school year. That’s all about to be done, though. I think the thing that I’m most looking forward to this summer is getting out and taking pictures. As life has gotten more hectic the last several months, I find less and less time to take photos for Photo Friday or any other reason.
I’m going to have a lot of reasons to take photos this summer – what with a trip to Hawaii, visits with friends, a list of local places to explore – so I’m excited about that. I’m also excited to put some near gear to use. I was somehow able to convince Sweet Husband that since I have one of those milestone birthdays coming up and because I was going to Hawaii, the time was right to finally get myself a decent tripod and a new lens.
To be fair, SH has been telling me for at least a year to go ahead and get the prime lens that I’ve been eyeballing, but I’ve put off ordering it. For lots of reasons, I wasn’t willing to spend the extra cash…which is now somewhat ironic considering how much I spent on the lens that arrived yesterday.
Because my primary interest is in capturing landscape shots, I decided that for the first upgraded glass I got should be a wide angle. I easily get overwhelmed when looking at options, and after reading a few reviews of “best” lenses, I still wasn’t any closer to knowing what I should buy. After posting in a couple of photography groups on Facebook, the overwhelming recommendation was to think seriously about the Tokina 11-16mm.
Which is what I went ahead and purchased.
Because I was so excited to get out and give the thing a whirl, I didn’t bother reading the directions for using the lens. That means that I couldn’t figure out how to switch between manual and auto focus. All of these photos were taken using manual focus because I didn’t figure it out until I got home and actually read the package insert.
I know. I know. You are impressed with my skills. It’s OK; sometimes I amaze me too.
Convincing the SH that I needed a new tripod was a bit more difficult than selling him on the lens. He doesn’t seem to understand that the cheap tripod that came with my camera kit wasn’t really designed for a camera with a battery grip and a zoom lens. On that score, I kinda just said, there’s no debate here – I need a tripod. I, of course, had to take it out with me this evening. I’m pretty excited about getting to use it a whole bunch more…particularly this weekend as we have a full moon. I’m thinking there’s got to be some beautiful shots over the water or near the lighthouses.
These were all shot at the beginning of the blue hour, and while I really enjoyed the way they came out in color (I also treated myself to a circular polarizer – really deepened the evening shadows), my first thought was “monochrome.” I’m thinking that I may go back and re-edit them in color, but I really do like them just the way they are.
I can’t wait to really get to use this new gear. I totally don’t subscribe to the idea that in order to be a better photographer, you need better gear, but I am excited about playing around with my new toys. I still want that 35, though 😉
Is there any particular piece of equipment that you’ve been wanting for awhile? What’s on your wish list? (I’m thinking I need a new camera bag now. Because I have another lens to carry around. Obviously)
Welcome to another edition of the Photo Friday link-up! Here in North America, summer is on her way, and here along the Gulf Coast, we have been experiencing the severe weather that often happens when cold air meets the hot, humid air coming off the Gulf. The weather is making it difficult to get out capture the world around us.
Our final entry last week came from Ela at Kolory w ogrodrzie sharing photos of a precious birdie. If you missed Ela’s post – or some of the gorgeous work that came after you added yours, do yourself a favor and check them out!
As always, I can’t wait to see what you have for us this week! Thank you for sharing with us and for supporting each other by visiting at least two other participants!