A New Perspective – 93/365

I guess it was inevitable that I would have my new camera with me to take todays photograph. I decided to go straight for the jugular, and try and take a shot I’ve wanted to take for a while, but havent been able to capture as I wanted to.

Its a view from the road up the hill from where I live, and it looks out across a plane of land that stretches from Frodsham, across the River Mersey and onto the Wirral.

On route though, I stopped to try and get a shot of Helsby Hill, and it was a sharp reminder of how little I know about my new camera, and how to use it.

The second attempt was better, but clearly I’ve got a long way to go before I get the shots I’m after.
To be fair, it was my very first time using a zoom lens, and this hill was a considerable distance away. I was amazed at how shakey my hands are, I thought I had a pretty steady hand, I was wrong.

I also took a couple of shots of the wind turbines in the distance, or at least tried to.

I got back in my car, and headed on again on my journey, and I stopped again when I got to the spot I wanted to take todays shot from. This time, I tried both my lenses. I’m no expert, clearly, but I got two lenses that I thought would be good to get me going. I got a Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 III, and a Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro, Canon EF Fit.

I do not profess to know if they are good or not, but I wanted an all purpose lens, and one for longer range, and from what I’ve read they seemed good enough for me.

These shots I took with the 70-300mm lens, and played with various settings:

It was amazing to see the detail the camera was soaking up, and capturing. The cloud formations are really nice, the shape, form and depth are all there.

Then I switched to the 18-55mm lense, and I think got better results for what I was trying to capture.

I could also get a better framing of the cloud formation, and catupre the odd bird flying past.
The picture below, is the one I think I’ve captured best, and its the one I picked for todays main photograph.
I braved a little play with the ISO settings, but not too much….
No editing today, except for the main photograph, again I want to push my learning of using my new camera for now, more than anything.

I appologize for sharing some really poop photographs here with you, but as I have always said through this challenge, I will be open and honest with my progression. At the moment, its a backward step to hopefully go further forward.

I didnt come this far, to only come this far………..

Learnings – I assumed a long range shot would need a zoom lens, I think I’ve learned today that it’s not always the case, and the lens needs to fit the frame of the shot, not just the distance. No doubt there is a word for that, but I’ve no idea what it is! Or maybe I just don’t know how to use the zoom lens correctly yet, time will tell I’m sure.


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