Outdoor darts – Hardcore Essex Sport

For the armchair sportsman such as myself, it’s always a struggle to try and find something that mixes Drinking, Sunshine and sport (aside from spectating cricket). So, I’ve invented outdoor darts. It’s like real darts but the board blows in the wind, and sometimes the numbers are in unusual places……..

Outdoor Sports

The Eye of the Storm

Someone mentioned my eyes earlier on today and I had a moment spare so though it might be fun to try for a decent image of my Iris. Used the 50mm 1.8 @ f2.8, on camera flash and a 12mm Kenko Extension tube. Was harder to focus (with the tube on) but didn’t need to crop so harshly.

Eye of doom

Bees – Not just about the honey……

Right,
Whoever invented the phrases “the bees knees” and “make a bee-line for” was on drugs at the time. Bees knees are pretty damn ugly, and the little bastards rarely fly in straight line, or anywhere predictable come to think of it. Spent 20 minutes aiming the 70-200 at a ratherpleasant bush, swarming with bees. Unfortunately, none of them were where I was aiming. Had plenty of macro shots of the bush,, the leaves and the flowers but hardly any bees in focus (including this one).
This needs to be re-visited with a flash, a tripod and a lot more patience. Who would have thought that bees would be so hard to shoot……

Bees - Not so Close up close ups....

Bees - Not so Close up close ups....

Bees - Not so Close up close ups....

and finally a reasonably sharp one !!!

Bees - Not so Close up close ups....

Wry Smile……

OK,
As portraits go it’s not going to win any awards – The close crop is maybe a bit too close, or not close enough It’s somewhere in between. The lighting, whilst natural could have been better (a reflector would have helped) but for what was essentially a ‘grab’ shot as I went to make myself a coffee was impressed with a) the speed of focus and b) the bokeh (what little there is) @ 70mm.

Mini Me

Little Things

Took delivery of a new (to me) Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 this morning and despite having lots to do I couldn’t resist firing off at least one, well OK ten or so test shots with it to see how it went.
At first I thought it was broken as I couldn’t hear the motor for the AF. Then, I thought it was magic, because even though I was changing focal lengths, every time I looked through the viewfinder, the focus was spot on !! I then of course realised that this is all perfectly normal for a lens that costs more than £100 and the lenses I’m used to are just slow and clunky. Think I’m going to enjoy this one……….

Little Things

As this as supposed to be just a quick test shot, it was hand held, with the following settings. The ‘arrangement’ is on my dining room table, lit by the dull grey that is today through the patio doors.
Background is a brown sofa and the back ache from standing there trying to make sure the wallpaper, door and the other stuff in the vase didn’t creep into the shot is all mine.

Exposure 0.003 sec (1/400)
Aperture f/2.8
Focal Length 114 mm
ISO Speed 1600
Exposure Bias 0 EV
Flash Off, Did not fire