Rented Lens Part Two

Sunday’s weather started cool and still.  “They” were predicting hot and muggy for later, so I took advantage of conditions to capture a few early morning shots at College Park using the Canon 17-55mm lens:

Dogwood Berries
Dogwood Berries


Morning Mist
Mist and Sun

The lens is heavier than my 18-55 kit lens, but excessively so.  The light gathering end is 77mm compared to 58 on the kit lens… So my 10X macro lens won’t fit.  I miss it.

This is how much I don’t pay attention to what I’m doing with the camera.  I think I told you yesterday that I seem to be getting the best results by setting the dial to Shutter Priority…  But two of the above were taken with Aperture Priority, according to the EXIF data.  I don’t remember changing the setting!

I do remember that it was definitely on Shutter Priority for these last shots, which were pretty shady…  The aperture setting was blinking in my view-finder, indicating there was not enough light for the shot.  I tried flash, but didn’t like the results. I set the shutter speed at 1/60 of a second and took them anyway. Back on my computer, I tweaked them just a tad:

Zig Zag Goldenrod Patch
Zigzag Goldenrod

And Now for Dave's ID

I think they turned out well.  What do you think?

9 thoughts on “Rented Lens Part Two

  1. For the first many months after I got my DSLR, I had no idea about any of that fancy stuff. I took all my photos on Auto, or, in low light, No-flash Auto. Macro shots were taken in no-flash auto. I didn’t understand all that stuff about aperture or ISO or when to change them or what they did. So I let the camera figure things out. I got decent shots, but I also missed a number, particularly of birds.

    Then my friend gave me The Digital Photography Book by Scott Kelby. This book was excellent, and changed the way I take photos. It explained all those things I had no idea about before, and the whens and whys. Now I take virtually all of my photos in Av (aperture priority) mode, and am constantly adjusting the aperture and the ISO settings to get the results I want, while letting the camera choose the shutter speed. My photos have improved as a result, and I’m more consistently getting the shots I want.

    I highly recommend checking out that book. Many tips won’t apply to your photography (for instance, he has a whole section on wedding photography), but many will. It’s just a thin book, and you could easily read it all in a few evenings. Or, it’s set up in such a way that you can pick and choose which subjects you want to read about. If you’re still experimenting with your camera, figuring out what works best for you, I can guarantee he’ll have some helpful tips. It’s only $13.59 from so pretty affordable, and, I think, a steal for what you get out of it.

  2. Hi Jen, yep I’m still around. Lovely shots! Hope your show is doing well. Did you talk about it? I’m sorry I’ve been so absent lately.
    I need to learn more abut my camera also. I’ve had it for a year now and still just use the presets. I need to learn. I may look into the book recommended above.

  3. More great photos. Something tells me that having an IS lens makes a big difference. But I think a better quality camera says a lot, too. I’m looking forward to getting my new camera and sharing my photos with everyone.

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