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Old Jul 5, 2010, 11:12 PM   #1
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Default Something Different From Me - Fogo Island

As most of you know, I prefer to capture images of Newfoundland's rugged coastline, old wharves and fishing stages, etc. So I have very little experience with things like birds and flowers... so that is what I am shooting at the moment. It's a bit frustrating though, as the darned birds just won't cooperate at all, and the flowers won't stay still for the camera either!

But here is what I came up with today. I was using my Sony Alpha with old Minolta 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 lens, handheld, on full zoom. Don't let anyone tell you this lens is not clear and sharp, especially when stopped down to f/8 - f/11 at full zoom.

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Old Jul 5, 2010, 11:45 PM   #2
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Glen, those are very nice, especially the gull. You're right about that lens. Is that the "Big beercan" or another variety of that lens? Whichever it is, it is indeed sharp.
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Thanks Robert. Yes, it is the big beercan. Some people say they don't like the overall image quality of this lens, but I love it. I couldn't ask for it to be any clearer/sharper. It's just a matter of learning what works with these lenses. For instance, many users would not know to stop it way down, and would end up with drab, lifeless photos. When stopped down, it is terrific!
Thanks again for your comments; much appreciated.
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Hi Glen

I DO like the photos you've shared in this post! Thanks.

Both the colours and the sharpness are clear attributes in each shot. Well done!

The flower shot has a well controlled depth of field too. Just not sure what that 'light' part in the background is - somewhat distracting, but not a deal breaker.

Cheers.

Paul

PS - it is important to know the qualities of equipment. Seems you've been doing and practising that just fine!
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Hi Paul, that's just part of another flower. I thought about getting rid of it, but decided I like it as it is. I hope it's not too distracting?
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Yep. I've heard plenty of people say that it's just an average lens. It may be, but give it to someone who knows what their doing and great photo's like these are what you get.
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very nice, the gull has a 3d aspect to it in the first shot, very nicely captured.
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