The old days

... when I was telling a friend that I was going to take up shooting with film again he challenged me to get shots of birds in flight using manual focus. Since it was my intent to buy a Kodak Baby Brownie which was my first camera, that was a given; not even sure that it has an adjustment for focus. They quit making film for that camera a long time ago, ditto a couple of the others I own. Anyhow the Mamiya is manual focus as is one of my Nikon 35mm bodies.

I didn't have to wait to get one of those out in the field as due to a rather unfortunate incident this afternoon my 70-200 lens became a manual only focus after my foot got caught under a log and the earth and I had an unexpected meeting and the lens met a very hard object; a rock I think. No broken glass or visible sign of damage, but I suddenly had a manual focus camera. What better time to see if I could meet the challenge ... and I did. Caught this Red Wing Blackbird as he was cruising low over a duck at the Sedona Wetlands off 89A. Perhaps not my finest image, but it is a good shot of a small fast mover caught with pure manual focus and hand held. Did we wager anything Guy? I have several more :+) Next I'll do it with film and a heck of a lot lighter camera and lens.

At any rate the lens is safely packed in bubble wrap and back to Canon for repairs later this morning. Ouch!

Have a terrific day ... we're into the weekend so this is it for the week. Back Monday morning. Have fun and share a few laughs ...

Cheers

Ted

So each one to his wish, and as for me,

I sit tonight and wait

To find the answers to my soul in me,

And in the beauty of the sky and sea.

Max Ehrmann

Comments

Comments are not posted immediately. Submissions must adhere to our Use of Service Terms of Use agreement. Rambling or nonsensical comments may not be posted. Comment submissions may not exceed a 200 word limit, and in order for us to reasonably manage this feature we may limit excessive comment entries.

Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.