one day at a time

day 30: ripples


ripples © Verena Fischer 2011

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.


17 responses

  1. amazing picture!!

    September 11, 2011 at 9:23 pm

  2. All that light bouncing off those ripples made for a wonderful shot!
    I know all to well what you mean about a photographically dull place, though. *sigh* I’ve been in a similar location for quite some time now…

    September 12, 2011 at 4:16 am

    • Thanks 🙂
      Yeah, photographically dull places are just annoying. I’m already thinking of where to go for today’s picture and I’m at a loss if I don’t want to take a train to somewhere else.

      September 12, 2011 at 1:23 pm

  3. wow…gorgeous!

    September 12, 2011 at 5:50 am

  4. this almost monochrome photo (but I like the little green leaves) is very pleasant and a clear demonstration that it is more important to have a low budget gear an excellent eye than an high budget camera and lens and a poor photographic eye. Having said this I admit there is a sort of fetishism in the photographic world, I would dare to say more among the amateurs than among pro’s (who have to make their calculation very well in order to make profit).
    And about the dull place where you are now in my opinion you have two options: one is to document the dulness (M.Parr made a serie about boring places) and the other is to see it as a challenge and try to make it interesting…I know, easy to say…but I’m sure you can manage it quite well 🙂

    September 12, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    • Thanks Robert! It’s indeed some kind of fetishism amongst the amateurs when it comes to the gear. However, if you think about it, cameras like the Leica M9 really show how far you can go with good gear. There is this blog called Shoot Tokyo in my links that shows just amazing pictures taken with a Leica and they have just beautifully soft colours. I don’t think I’ve seen anything similar with dslr cameras.

      September 20, 2011 at 9:07 am

  5. what a very nice picture 😮

    September 13, 2011 at 11:00 am

  6. Hi,

    “Gear is good. Vision is better”- David duChemin.. ( , wonderful photographer.)

    Hope your vision helps you in transforming the photographically dull ones into new challenges.


    PS. its your photograph that the audience appreciates, not your camera or settings..check for more..

    September 14, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    • Thanks Georgie! I totally agree with you on this. It takes more than just great gear to take a good picture. However, let’s just say that good gear sure can help. Some shots are just impossible to get with point and shoot cameras for example …

      September 15, 2011 at 8:30 am

  7. What a wonderful photo. It’s like a vortex pulling you in!

    September 15, 2011 at 4:58 pm

  8. I agree there.. I myself can see the difference between the first hundred images in my blog – with a digital camera – and the current (almost ) hundred – with a dslr- 🙂

    September 15, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    • Yeah, point and shoot versus a dslr makes a big difference. And of course the lenses make a big difference, you just can’t compare a 200 quid lens with one for more than a thousand quid.

      September 17, 2011 at 3:40 pm

  9. Fantastic! All aspects of this photo are fantastic, good eye.

    October 11, 2011 at 1:12 am

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