day 30: ripples
At the moment I’m staying at my dad’s place in a small suburban town near Düsseldorf. It’s one of those places full of lawnmowers where the neighbours give you strange looks if they haven’t seen you before. There are rows of houses, little patches of front garden, washed cars and strange decorations. It’s my definition of a nightmare: Not only is it so boring that it can drive your brain out of your skull, no, it’s also photographically dull.
Nonetheless I went out with my camera yesterday and tried out my new telephoto lens. It’s a Canon EF-S 55-250mm IS lens, so the low budget version. As far as I can see after about 200 pictures with the lens the autofocus is a little slow and not exactly spot on. Several times it focussed on something that was closer or further away than my actual subject. So, I assume that I can get better results with using the centre-point and re-composing. Where the focus is right it does produce nice pictures though and the image stabilisation does a good job too even at 250mm. All in all a good lens for the price I paid. And I’m also really curious as to how far I can get just with the low budget equipment.
Sure, I read blogs of people who shoot with a Leica M9 and a Noctilux lens and of course that’s nice, but honestly: Where do these people get $7,000 for a camera body and $10,000 for a lens if they’re not professional photographers?! That’s just insane since I wouldn’t pay that much for a car!
With my low budget equipment and in the photographically dull surroundings I was facing I still managed to get this great shot yesterday. It was taken at a stream near the s-bahn station where somehow ripples where spreading across although it wasn’t raining at all.