Sidetracked (Get it? Tracked?)
Yesterday was fairly long day for me. Not only did I come home and get all sidetracked and involved in this, before that ever happened, I worked a ten hour shift and then went and spent about three and a half hours in the back woods shooting. What a relaxing afternoon. I mostly don’t even know what I have on my camera yet.
Today’s trip was about taking my circular polarisers out for a spin. I hadn’t really used them up until now. Now that I have used them, I have decided that with time, I could become a fan. However, I’m also certain that I would be more of a fan of a slide in filter than the circular one and here’s why. I’m not much on memory and one of my biggest issues was that I would set the filter to where I wanted, then I would zoom and/or focus and forget to readjust the damn filter. With a slide-filter, I can go, “Oh look”……click. I am also not a fan of the vignette that shows up on the shots at the higher settings. I’m not even sure if “higher setting” is the appropriate term so I will say that it is the place where the shot is most polarised.
So if you’re new to using circular polarising lenses, please make sure to readjust your filter after zooming and/or focusing.
I know that I will be practising with them more and maybe, just maybe, I’ll figure out some middle ground where I like the effect and can obtain it without the vignette. As far as that other part, I suppose some Ginkgo Biloba will be necessary.
One thing I did manage to remember is that my friends over at Toad Hollow Photo are chomping at the bit for me to do a series on trains. Today, I just happened to be standing under a bridge as one came roaring by. Of course, my camera was on the wrong setting for shooting a train at 45 mph but at least it’s got some great Depth of Field. 🙂
Here you go Toads!!