Sunday Reflections & Lessons Learned
I learned something this past week which I think merits a share. My go to, everyday lens has been, for the last few years, my Sigma 18 – 200mm. It’s served me well. In the last month or so I’ve been somewhat disappointed with some of my images. They’ve been soft and at times completely out of focus. In a lot of instances I had been shooting with the camera on a tripod and I attributed the softness of the images to windy conditions. I was convinced I needed a sturdier tripod. A couple of weeks ago I took pictures during a family gathering. I downloaded the images to my computer and started processing them with the intent of emailing them to family. Most of them were not sharp. I then thought that my eyesight was getting poorer…I would need to make an appointment to get a stronger prescription for my eyeglasses.
Last weekend, as you know, I went out for a sunrise shoot in High Park. I shot early with the camera mounted on my tripod using my 18 – 200mm lens. Later that morning I changed to my new Tamron 90mm Macro lens. When I was processing my images later in the week the first set taken with my zoom lens were a disappointment. The images taken with my Macro and my wide-angle lens were fine. Finally the bell in my head went off. Maybe it wasn’t my eyesight after all, maybe I hadn’t lost it as a photographer…maybe it was the lens. On Thursday I brought my Sigma in to be checked out. As soon as the technician started to examine the lens he showed me that with the zoom extended the front barrel was loose. It seems that one of the internal rollers was probably cracked. He asked if I had dropped my camera…nope! Had I dropped the lens…nope. I had not. He indicated that this type of thing could happen even if you knock into something with the camera over your shoulder. I don’t recall but anything’s possible. The good news…I wasn’t loosing it. More good news the lens can easily be fixed and I should have it back in about 2 weeks. Lesson learned? Don’t jump to conclusions until you rule out all avenues.
On to today’s image. Taken last Sunday (yes with my Tamron lens) at High Park. Aside from a sunless sky there was not window and the water was perfectly still which helped produce this beautiful reflection. Because of the dull grey sky I envisioned a much more dramatic scene which I tried to create using a texture overlay. If you haven’t tried this yet you can create some very dramatic effects using textures with different blending modes and opacities in Photoshop. One of the best places I’ve found to get full resolution textures is Joel Olive’s site. He has an incredible collection of textures, presets and actions available.
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