I have been very fortunate to have lots of photographers give me advice and lend me lenses to try out as I grope my way forwards towards pointing the camera in the right direction and gradually learning that the funny plus/minus button can control elements of the shot.
Rorie (see his pics here) kindly lent me his Nikkor (= for Nikon cameras) 50mm ‘Prime’ f1.4D lens. He knows what he’s doing and has letters after his name to do with photography, so I took his advice. Try this he said. So I did.
My ‘lens for beginners’ that came with my camera can zoom in and out. A ‘Prime’ lens is fixed – no zooming. To add to this, on my camera, the 50mm lens is manual focus only, something for proper photographers. Finally, if you want to get the best out of it, you want to take photos that benefit from the f1.4 bit of lettery-numberyness. This give a very narrow depth of focus, i.e. the bit of the photo that will look in focus and not blurry. This is what gets photographers excited, apparently.
As I am now on manual controls, there’s a lot for a small brain to cope with already, but off I went trying to hunt down some shots. Shot, blurry, shot blurry, shot, better, shot, worked! and repeat.
Here are some of the successes, that is, they are in focus in the right place (I think).
Following on from that, I was out on The Royal Mile and there was a young singer / guitarist who was sounding great and had drawn a small crowd – Daniel Docherty. He was standing in the late afternoon sunlight and slowly turning pinker in the heat, but still belting out some good tunes. Aha, a stationary victim who can’t move whilst I poke a camera at him. I can can pfaff about to my hearts content…look out for the dancing king who was ‘well happy’ with the sounds.