Monday, February 10, 2014

A Lone Traveller

A Lone Traveller
Nothing real exciting today, except that I finally broke through the winter blues yesterday and got up early to go out and take pictures. Thank goodness the daylight is increasing at both ends, and my little trek began at around 7:30 AM.

Actually, I got quite a few really nice shots - not extraordinary, and definitely not gallery material, but being out at the "golden hour", that is, near sunrise or sunset makes for the best colour and contrast. Here is a subset of the best - in my usual style of just plain ordinary "folk" photography, and mostly of scenes close to home which I have shot dozens of times at various seasons, with various cameras, and in all kind of weather.

What really shines here is not so much about me as it is about the camera I used. All of these were taken with the EOS 5D Classic and the Sigma 50mm f1.4 lens. This is by far the finest combination I've owned, and the amazing depth, perfect colours and exciting textures will never fail to disappoint, as long as I manage to get my focus and exposures right - and here's how. For all of these shots I used the "back-button focus" and Centre Averaging Metering, instead of "Evaluative".

My only wish now is to add some excitement to my photography, (and my life maybe?). But there's a lot to be said for a tranquil, simple life too. If I find the light and texture of the pictures I take exciting (which I always do), when I achieve it, it makes me feel great for the day. Even more importantly, I'm learning how to achieve great light and texture, so I'll be ready for it if a time ever comes when I can travel to some far off exotic location, like Romania to see some of Vlad's castles, not to mention the favourite pastime of Prince Charles! This would be my dream holiday. Yeah, I really dig this stuff!

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