Taking photos on the “big camera” as I call the Canon Mark III is quite time consuming. It’s a heavy camera, especially with the 70-210mm lens to get close-ups – eyelashes of cows for example, and if stability needed, I need to lug the tripod too. One solution for the blog was to get a Tamron zoom. This is smaller and very versatile – but the quality is not so good. Over the last few months with my back getting worse, lugging the Canon with a variety of lenses hasn’t been easy. I also find it is better to concentrate on one project for the day and set up in one area. This means I can avoid walking too far. Changing lenses can be time consuming and at the moment I have the more extreme lenses – wide angle 7 – 21 mm, the zoom and a 100mm macro for close-up work.
That leaves me with the situation of missing shots when I am out, and even when travelling in our van. Our route to town passes many farms and so often the cows are doing funny things, or funny in my eyes – barging each other, standing in their hay troughs [where else can you begin to get your head into the middle for the juicy stuff?], queueing for water in their very orderly hierarchy after “top-cow”. Another DSLR camera but smaller? Still bulky with all the lenses and delays changing lenses.
So with a deep breath I decided to replace my poor old Blackberry. I like to type on QWERTY keyboard and using touchscreen with my pudgy fingers has always failed on the I-phones. Heading to town, I asked about a mobile that took great photos. The shop had second hand Samsung phones. I chose the S7edge. I absolutely love it – AND I can touch type fine – or have my fingers got thinner!
Armed with new phone and after an hour of playing and cursing re menus I went out for my first shoot. By luck it had snowed and the next few hours were wonderful. The phone camera was fast, the cows posed and with a little manipulation with just one sharpening filter and changing the white balance to take off the grey blue of the snow, I was very happy. OK I cant blow these photos up to a large size without loss of quality, a little graininess [noise as they say], but to be honest its horses for courses. I want to show variety on the blog, not produce gallery standard.
Now I can get the variety and on-the-hoof as and when. The big camera certainly beats this hands down for depth of field and clarity. It cannot be replaced and wont be, as I still want to take large format photos when the scene merits it. I also have a tiny Panasonic Lumix – just for taking bees and things. It’s great at close-ups and you can push the lens right up to the little bees and they don’t even notice.
So here are the first of many [ sorry I was so excited] of our wonderful snow this week. Mr Bull – Janvier – looks like he has just removed his glasses after having a sun tan. He looks a little bewildered by the snow.
This is Mistral – he seemed a bit camera -shy. After I left he came up to the entrance where I had been standing and today he was still hovering about there. I could imagine that he was now ready for his photo and waiting. Sorry Mistral – photoshoot over. Oh dear.
Janvier the really friendly bull. He is temporarily parked in the field near our house. No girls for now – he is bored. if he spots Mistral in the next field he does the man-thing and bellows. Sometimes he rolls in mud, or has a good scratch against the oak tree.