Yesterday I posted a macro picture I took using extension tubes on my Sony A300. For that photo I used a Sony 35mm f1.8 prime lens. Today post features two I took using the same camera and tubes but I used an old manual Minolta lens in place of the Sony lens. The Minolta lens is a MD 28mm f1.8 lens I purchased to use with The Bride’s Minolta X-370 35mm film camera. After discovering I could use an adapter ring to us it on the Sony I was kind of geeked out. The only down side is it can on be used in manual mode and the light metering is not totally accurate. I liked the ethereal feel of the Sony lens but could not figure out how to manually adjust the aperture. On the old Minolta lens that is done by a turning a ring right on the lens so I was able to adjust on the fly. Feel free to comment on which one(s) you like and why. Or not. So here is a couple using new-ish tech and old school-cool lens.
I had to take a break from my one going home projects to get a few snaps in today. Here is one I took using a Sony A300 with a Sony 35mm f1.8 lens coupled to the body by a 7mm extension tube. The tube if manual only so I have a lot to learn but I enjoyed looking at the late Autumn pollinators up close.
I have been digging through the way- back- files trying to find something worth posting this evening. This comes on the heels of The Bride and I getting home late after enjoying our local playhouse’s performance of “To Kill A Mocking Bird”. The show was so well done that I was seeing red at the injustice done no matter what time this drama would have played out in. Hoping to reflect my mood but also wanting to be hopeful, here is one I took of a model car setting inside the trunk of its twin but real car. Interpret it any way you want but this is my red reflections.
It has been an eventful stretch in The Brides and my life. I started the kitchen/dining room remodel a week ago. Today I got my answer on how we can remove and shore up a wall separating the dining room from the living room. In doing so I got two recruits to help do it. Bonus! Also this two days ago The Bride got accepted to the Nursing program at our local college! Now how to pay for it all and finish the remodel and the list goes on but I am excited to see how it is worked out.
Over the next few weeks I hope to get the remodel done and finish up a few outside projects before the weather gets to cold to do so. In that time I will be digging up snaps from the-way-back-file to share along with any new ones I can get. Till then enjoy one fine and rusty Ford truck!
I was enjoying my down time yesterday I did find my ability to get a decent macro somewhat frustrating. But with my companion Butterfly and a backup camera, my Canon Powershot SX10is, it really was not problematic. One thing in hindsight is bees are not great posers. They are well busy you know and cannot be bothered with the paparazzi. I was able to get a few decent shots at the long end of the zoom on the Canon of a couple of wasps, my companion Butterfly and one of the views from my court side seat to nature yesterday.
I took about an hour or so of this amazing day for a little down time. I have a Olympus SP-350 I bought online for around $7-8 plus shipping. It was an amazing camera in its day and I have tried to get the most out of it on macro for a while now. As an everyday shooter it is very nice but I have had trouble using the macro since the camera has zero anti-vibration capabilities, well that I can find anyway. And since there was not manual, well I just took off free of such clutter….and knowledge to do as I please with the little bugger! So here are three macro I took today using it. I set up a lawn chair, with my outside cat Butterfly as my helper and went about waiting on that perfect shot……since that didn’t happen you get these instead ;).
For reference as to how small the Wood Aster flower is I used a AA battery to give you a visual reference as to these size. I did this for two reasons: One is to show you how small some pollinators are and two if I can get a good shot of the Bumblebees and the red wasps that feed on them as well. Cool stuff!