Back in January, when I started my 6-month sabbatical, I decided to make a conscious effort to use my big-girl camera more and really start working on improving my photography skills. It’s definitely a slow process, but a fun one! Practice, practice, practice! 🙂
I have the original kit-lens that came with the camera body we bought a few years ago, but the more pictures I take, and the more I look at the other people’s pictures, the more I’d like to experiment with different lenses. Enter Lens Lenders, a Canadian company that rents camera lenses! They send you the lens in the mail, along with a pre-paid envelope to send it back in, and you don’t have to return it until 4:00 pm the day after your last rental day, which means you basically get an extra day free! I was impressed with their service, it’s a great way to try different lenses before spending an (often) significant amount of money – I’m already looking at which lens I’d like to try next 🙂
I rented a Nikon 50mm f/1.4 prime lens over the Thanksgiving long weekend. The weather was a bit hit-and-miss, but we tried to make the most of the moments it wasn’t raining.
Scenes from “The ‘Dale”…
The dry summer we had is evident with the hydrangeas outside our apartment. They are definitely not as full as usual, but still oh-so pretty!
I wanted to try shooting with a prime lens for a few reasons. First, there is no zoom, so you have to physically move around to get the shot you want. It definitely takes some getting used to! Second, this lens is great in low light situations and allows for those uber-dreamy blurry background pictures (much more so than my current lens) and I really wanted to take advantage of that, especially for some of our food photos.
One thing I love about Vancouver is that, even on the grey days, you can always find pops of colour. After the leaves fall, you just might have to look a bit harder to find it 🙂
I think we hit almost every type of weather last weekend – a bit of sun (we managed some great sunrise pictures from Queen Elizabeth Park), a lot of cloud, and a healthy dose of rain.
And the best place to turn when it starts raining cats and dogs? Head to a cozy neighbourhood pub, find a bit of light along the way, and wait for the storm to pass 🙂