Saturday, 2 April 2011
A day of hazy sunshine is just spoilt by a breeze that's persisting, but it is possible to comfortably go into the garden in a t-shirt. The marsh marigold in the pond is magnificent.
I've been in the garden this afternoon, but not to garden but to help John, my middle son with his hobby of experimental photography. He's done all sorts. He's made his own pinhole cameras (out of matchboxes and sticky tape) with great results; he has a stereo camera, a 3D camera and panoramic 360 degrees camera. None of these are expensive, more for the enthusiast but the hours of enjoyment that it has brought him and will continue to bring him is worth every penny.
Today we've done two things. The first was to burst a balloon filled with water and capture the results with rapid bursts (several frames per second).
Here is one of the more interesting results (1/1000 of a second at f9.0, 400 ISO, Canon EOS 40D 17mm-85mm zoom):
The second was the old fashioned blowing bubbles and this time capturing the bubbles coming out of the blower with rapid speed.
This was one of the photos that came out quite well (1/2000 of a second at f5.6, 1600 ISO, Canon EOS 40D 17mm-85mm zoom):
My own photographic hobby started as a lot of kids did with a cheap Kodak Box Brownie. My first SLR (single lens reflex 35mm film camera) was a Russian Zenith. The Zenith was cheap (about £50 in about 1975-ish) but robust and gave great results. My first semi automatic 35mm film camera was an Olympus OM1n. This was stunning piece of kit and I even managed to afford a zoom lens. I had to sell this kit in the end because I needed the money to live.
I didn't have a camera for a few years other than the throw away cameras you bought from the chemists. Then digital came along. I bought a Canon EOS 300D which was a lovely piece of equipment although the quality of picture was fairly limited in comparison to today's digital cameras.
Now I have two cameras, a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ65 which I carry around with me every day - this is a stunning little portable. My main camera is a Canon EOS 40D - a brilliant camera, pleasant to hold and a joy to use.
I'm not an artist with a camera, I wish I was, but I try to capture the essence of what I am trying to convey.
Hope you are enjoying your weekend.