Tag: manual focus

Tumbled

tumbled

As with many seasonal creeks, the height of water comes and goes, depending on the rainfall.  To prevent erosion, boulders have been dropped alongside the creek, which helps keep overflow contained as the stream wends its way to Paradise Falls a few miles away.

Again, the Nikon Df with the Vivitar Series 1 135mm f2.3 lens.

Blues

blues

I’ve pulled out a few old lenses.  This is a Vivitar 30-80mm from the 70s.  I took this checking out the focus, to remember how to use it, as well as check for lens creep.  Knowing all these helps when out shooting.  This lens has lens creep, but it is a really sweet lens to use, with film or digital.  Pure happenstance occurred when I took this – I was focusing on the ridges in this shawl, and didn’t see the notebook next to the folds.  Only when I saw the picture did I realize the coincidence.

Creek, ii

creek-ii

This is a view of the little creek that runs through our neighborhood park.  It’s a pleasant place to wander.  When I went there this weekend, a border collie was doing what they do best – running and plopping in the water, staying submerged, and then shaking it all out.  A family was there, exploring and showing their toddlers the crayfish.  (I think the dad was the funniest – a big little boy!)  I was enjoying myself, being an audience to it all, while finding new growth, leaves, and viewing a magnificent sky filled with clouds.

I did post in LR and OnOne, using a VSCO preset for Fuji Astia in the final rinse (so to speak.)

Creek

Creek

The other morning I was out to a local park, one which has a small creek running through it.  With all the recent rains, the creek is rushing along, and you can find ducks with their mates, kids, dogs, photographers, and molting crayfish.  Also, dead and drowned palm trees, which is good, because they are an invasive species and the city doesn’t seem inclined to get rid of them.

Anyway, I decided to take a bunch of panoramas with a narrow DOF.  This is one of them.  I really enjoy doing panos – not sure why – maybe it’s because I always find the natural world so grand that a small image never seems to do it justice.  Also, with a pano, you can crop – sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t because you wish you had included just a bit more here or there.