This is the time of year to run outside with your camera. I love when the wildflowers bloom. It reminds me that the season is short and back-to-school is coming. If you haven’t been out enjoying these summer days, here is your chance!
No one uses actual cameras any more, they just don’t. I know. Why would you? Everyone is armed with a phone with a camera and instant video. A modern luxury or curse, depending on how you look at it.
I was one of the last people to switch from a film camera to digital, and even then, I would not make the switch until Canon delivered a DSLR. (Digital Single Lens Reflex.)
To me, nothing is more satisfying than the mechanical “click” of a 35 mm.
This changed the world for me. Finally, I could shoot digitally, and get the kind of quality I had grown to love from my Canon. (My first 35mm was given to me as a high school graduation gift by my parents…specifically my Dad, who loved photography, and shot with what is now considered a vintage 35 mm Leica from Germany. Somewhere in this house, I still have that camera. Don’t make me look for it now.)
But the new DSLR meant I could also still live in the world of lenses — zoom, standard, and wide angle.
I recently bought the lens of my dreams.
For those of you who are photo savvy, it’s 180mm, f/3.5 Macro USM.
It lays pixie dust on everything in its frame.
It’s designed for macro photography….so flowers, jewelry, nature.
I ran around the house and started taking pics of ordinary items, watching them become extraordinary.
Now this particular lens does not have image stabilization. That’s $$$$$. So I must use it with a tri-pod. But what fun.
Here’s a little sample. I can’t wait to use it for more. Everything in the world is a small miracle if you look closely enough.