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.
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.
Week 46 and almost back where we started. At least the Christmas lights are going back up so the year is coming to an end and we enter the home straight of my #50WithA50. I wont turn them on just yet, I’m not totally crazy, but I always like to get the lights up around the middle of November before things get tool cold and there is snow on the ground.
Week 45 of my #50WithA50 and I took my camera to a hurling practice in St John’s. Maybe a 50mm prime is not the best lens for sports photography but isn’t that the challenge of this project. I decided to focus on the details like this image of a sliotar on the ground. Yes my Canadian friends that’s what the ball is called. First time in years I’d held a hurley and I was surprised I could still remember how to pick up a ball and shoot. These days the only shooting I do is with a camera. By the way, the front of my 50mm fell off again. I got it back on but if it insists on falling off regularly it looks like the last 5 weeks of the challenge is going to be a challenge. Tough little lens though, still working after falling apart 3 times. Sometimes the simplest things are the best.
Last week was Halloween and we had to carve some pumpkins. My daughter loves The Nightmare Before Christmas and she wanted Jack, Sally and Zero carved onto her 3 pumpkins. Jack came out the best probably because he had the least detail and was on the best pumpkin, but he is the pumpkin King so he had to get the best pumpkin. I decided to make him the star of this weeks #50WithA50
Still autumn of course. Most of the leaves are down now but we’ve still got some beautiful colour around the city. Here is a carpet of leafs on the ground for this weeks #50WithA50. I like the shallow depth of field this lens can give in photos like this. It allows me to pick out one leaf from all the others but still maintain the colour of everything around it.