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Sunday
Dec052010

Backup Plan

54.365 55mm f4.5 1/30 ISO 800In the last week or so I've been having problems convincing my 18-55mm lens to cooperate in single point autofocus mode.  On a few compositions I've worked around it by putting it in manual focus but that's just not a good option with any kind of shallow depth of field or active subject.  I feared taking it into the camera shop because I didn't want them to tell me there was a problem with the body and take it away for weeks.

But yesterday I broke down and took it in, only to receive the good news that the problem is in the lens rather than the body.  The downside is it's the lens I most often use so for the next few weeks I'm going to have to find good excuses to use the zoom.

I started with the polish wall at the nail salon yesterday afternoon since I couldn't resist the colors.  My good friend Loren is having her first baby this week and a little last minute pampering was in order.  She and I were friends for many, many years of kicky single-gal antics.  A lot of things have changed in our lives, but the theraputic benefits of side-by-side pedis remain constant.  Nothing like cotton candy pink toenails to make you feel pretty when you haven't slept in days, you smell like lanolin and have infant spit up in your hair.

Saturday
Oct232010

Breakfast Inspiration

 11.365 55mm f5.6 1/15 ISO 720

Two thoughts come to mind when I see this picture: 

a) The color of a kiwi is one of the reasons I can almost never bring myself to shoot black and white (though if I'm honest B&W completely intimidates me, so that's probably a bigger reason, but still!  Look at that green!)

b) I'm going to have to break down and buy a macro lens.  I think Mies Van Der Rohe had it right with that whole "God is in the details" thing.  I know they say that it's about the photographer, not the equipment, but damn, sometimes I just want to be able to get closer.

One of the pieces of advice I read about successfully getting through a 365 project was to give yourself little rewards for every month you get through, and then a big reward at the end.  Macro lens is moving higher on the wish list for Big Rewards.

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