Puppy Spam and a Nifty Fifty

Getting to be a bit on the spamtastic side now with the puppies. I’m not talking about mulching their hairless corpses up to make bland, greasy meat but the amount of photographs I’ve ended up taking of them. The Lord only knows what I’ll be snapping when they’ve all gone to their new homes (aside from miserable children and a sulking wife).
I could pretend that this was a re-kindling of the love I had for the nifty fifty (that’d be the canon 50mm 1.8mm Lens for you non-toggers) which has been neglected like a 10 year marriage since I bought the Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 some 18 months ago, but I wont. I will say though that as the cheapest prime in Canon’s arsenal of lenses this little beauty is by far the most useful I own. You could (if you desired) use it for landscapes. Street photography suits it well. On the 30D crop sensor decent portraits are possible. All Pin sharp (if you focus properly !) with f1.8 Depth of Field loveliness if you’re one of those arty types. It’s also a good one to use with extension tubes for some in your face macro shots if you have the inclination. A great, cheap all rounder.

Me, I just lay on the floor with it and take photos of energetic puppies like these, but having re-discovered this lens I’ll try harder not to neglect it any more

5 Week Old Shih Tzu Puppy

5 Week Old Shih Tzu Puppy

5 Week Old Shih Tzu Puppy

5 Week Old Shih Tzu Puppy

5 Week Old Shih Tzu Puppy

Which way to KFC?

“Woody” and his mate used to live in the Leylandi trees at the back of the garden. Last year however, the trees went and he was forced to move next door but one.
Don’t think he bears a grudge though as he often drops in to say hello and aggravate the dogs.

Which way to KFC?

Quite tricky to get a shot off as he moves about quickly – it’s also very gloomy out there at this time of the year.
Was pleased with this attempt, especially as the patio doors haven’t been cleaned for weeks. The Sigma 70-300 is definitelty out performing the old Tamron in pretty much every area at the moment.

And so begins a new relationship….

With the Sigma 70-300mm APO DG Macro lens that arrived this week.¬† Purchased as an emergency replacement for the trusty Tamron, which has developed a rather irritating fault beyond economical repair.¬† Still in two minds as to whether to flog it on ebay for spares or repair (along with all my now useless filters for it or take it apart to see how they’re all put together.

Unfortunately, the skies have been perpetually grey.¬† That and the usual heavy work load has meant that although I’ve had this lens all week, I’ve yet to actually take any photos with it to see how it performs.¬† I did manage a couple of shots through the office window into the gloominess and have noted that the chromatic abberation (or lack of) with this lens is quite impressive.¬† It was always a bit of an issue with the Tamron.¬† Nothing too terrible but a nuisance to correct in post processing.¬† As for sharpness, I’ll have to wait for a better day.

Today’s shot is one of those test ones.¬† There’s a green washing line running diagonally across the frame (rendered almost invisible thanks to the far focus and Depth of Field), and it was hand held with a shutter speed of 1/200 @ f5.6 and focal length of 300mm.

What's on the telly tonight?

The Eye of the beholder




The Eye of the beholder

Originally uploaded by Dave Frost

Been a long time. Haven’t I used the nifty fifty since the Tamron 17-50 f2.8 arrived in the kit bag, so now making a conscious effort to use it more.
Didn’t really get out much further than the back garden so ended up taking another one of the dog. Pensive look from Daisy in this one which was hand held at f1.8 with a shutter speed of 1/30 at iso 1600