50 With A 50 – Week 50

I was trying to decide how to finish my #50WithA50 project so I decided I would take and post a photo on the last day of 2019. The subject was a little more in doubt. I couldn’t decide how to end the project. Should I take a family photo, a self-portrait, a photo of snow. None of them appealed to me as the right way to end. Then I remembered, I have a older broken 50mm lens. It seems only right to end my 50 with a 50mm lens project by taking a photo of a 50mm lens. Not the one I have been using all along but pretty much the same.

I’m glad I did this project. It got me out taking a lot more photos and even though some weeks were a struggle to find something to take a shot of being forced to go out helped inspire me. Also the limitations of only using one lens help me appreciate the other lenses I have when I use them. I’ll have to find a new project for 2020. I’m thinking of doing more printing so maybe I’ll aim to take and print one photo a month for the year. But that’s for next year. In the meantime Happy New Year everyone and see you in 2020.

50 With A 50 – Week 49

Christmas time is here and with it comes a whole lot of things that have to be done. I did some photoshoots for friends and family which I enjoy and which gave me a chance to try out new light modifiers and backdrops but which took up a lot of time especially in the editing afterwards. I’ve never been able to “get it right in camera”. I can get close but there is always some work to be done after. The good news is I had some slack in my #50WithA50 project which has to finish by the end of the year so I was able to take a little time off. I had a hard time finding something I liked for this photo. I’d takes shots earlier but none of them worked for me. This one I just took tonight of some red Christmas decorations hanging from lights and I liked it because it’s nice and simple.

50 With A 50 – Week 48

I felt for sure that by week 48 of my #50WithA50 project I’d be waste deep, literally and figuratively, in snow photos. Instead we are having what I’ll call a nice Irish December. Mild, not too cold and no snow (apart from one morning). Fine for Ireland, bit unusual for Canada. I’m beginning to think I might finish this project with no more snow pictures. Anyway here is one for Week 48, some chains across a little wooden dock, not sure what they are intended to stop or what these hooks are for but they are there and caught my eye for a shallow depth of field shot, the sweet spot of this lens.

50 With A 50 – Week 47

My friendly neighbourhood squirrel is back for this weeks #50WithA50. Ok it’s probably not the same one, same forest, different path, but he is just as fearless as the one from a few weeks ago. Not angry this time, he just wanted to climb up a bank I was on the top of, walk around my leg and cross the path to the trees on the other side. Clearly he’s used to humans, probably not a good thing. My 50mm is not a great lens for fast moving animals since it takes about 10 seconds to focus so this was the only shot I got of him that was, mostly, in focus. I don’t know if the lens was always this slow of if it’s just a side effect of all the damage it has taken lately.