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Sunday, November the 4th, 2007

Around the birthday+finishingupPhD period, I bought myself a slick lens. This optical wonder is fast, sharp and great for portraiture. I’ve been using it quite regularly over these past few days (explains my avoidance of the interwebs), and also managed to snag a few photos from a uni event.

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4 Responses to “Portraiture glass”

  1. Michelle says:

    I’m going to take a week off of work one of these years so I can sit down and figure out my camera. I’ve got a 50mm lens which everyone has been crowing about and I haven’t had as much time as I’d like to play with, yet. I suppose if I had worked through “Digital SLR Photography for Dummies” instead of just completing “The Lovely Bones,” I might know something new…

  2. pUl| says:

    I haven’t shot many pictures since I got a camera. Ironically, I’ve always felt severely limited when it comes to using them to convey information. Despite the amazing level of detail that the camera helps capture, it is still no match for the human eye. Also, the perspective that you wish to convey using the picture is often very different from what you actually felt when you saw the subject/target.

  3. pundit says:

    Michelle: I believe people learn best when they just play around. When you get the time to read the “Photographies for dummies” book, put it down and instead just go out (or walk around the home) and take a few pictures. You’ll soon realise what you like and dislike.

  4. pundit says:

    pUl|: Perhaps it would be easier if you thought of it as a work of art in itself, rather than an “accurate portrayal of exactly what your eyes see.” i.e, More a tool for creative expression, and less an accurate reproduction of events.

    (Sometimes, moving to a camera/lens that more accurately captures your point of view might do the trick. If you can, perhaps try a lens like the 50mm Michelle mentioned.)


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