I’m nearing the home stretch. This coming week is the last week of classes, and the next week consists of one final exam after another. After that? Christmas break! I hope to use this time not just to laze around for three weeks straight: I have all the technical pictures needed for writing the 70-210 f/4 E review, I have been shooting with the 50mm Noktor f/.95 for a while now and hope to thoroughly test it out, and I will post pretty regularly for the duration of the break.
That said, here and now I am still taking photographs, albeit not too many of the “artsy” style I like to capture. Here’s some from this past week I’d like to share. First up, from a Jazz/Percussion concert. Unfortunately, I didn’t see that my 180mm f/2.8 was set to f/4, but the stage was lit well-enough:
180mm, ISO 1600, f/4, 1/100
In all my busyness that has fallen upon me lately, I sometimes lose track of my reader base around the world. A sizable chunk of the unique views to this site are from a non-native country, from New Zealand to the many countries in Europe. When some of those readers reach out to me with an e-mail sharing their side of photography in the world and how my website has helped inspire them, I always get a little happier inside. Recently, one such reader, Mr. Norbert Lümmen (click here for blog), sent me this encouraging email:
During summer, when I did some research on mirrorless cameras, I stumbled across your blog and have been following ever since. I rarely comment blogposts but now I thought it was time to give you some feedback on how your series on old Nikon lenses on your NEX-7 has inspired me.
In the end of my research on mirrorless cameras my choice fell on the Olympus OM-D EM-5 together with a 17mm/2.8 and an adapter to be able to use the Canon EF-glass I already have before investing in more specific micro-4/3-lenses. There I thought especially about the EF-50mm/1.8 because I wanted to mainly use large-aperture prime lenses with the OM-D to use it in a way different to what I have done for the past few years with my Canon 50D, which had almost exclusively zoom-lenses with different focal length intervals attached to it.
So recently it was time for the first outing with the OM-D/50mm-combination and it was to a Jazz-concert on a Saturday afternoon in a local cultural center. I had to get used to the manual focusing first and it was not always easy to get it spot on. The EF-lenses don’t have an aperture ring, so the aperture was always wide open. After a lot of missed shots I got it (almost) right, at least somehow used to it. Fortunately the musicians did not move too much and if there was movement it was a good thing to try and capture it like, for example, the drummer short before hitting the cymbals or the pianist’s fingers flying over the keys in a solo.
I have attached some pictures from that concert and you can find more in my own blog and the most recent post there: http://blog.norbertluemmen.com/#post32
Best regards from Bergen in Norway