Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Lens test!

It's been a while - a computer crash and the big move have taken their toll. I've had to replace my previous laptop, which developed a power problem that would have been an expensive fix, and otherwise I've just been spending too much time working on the house to take photos.

Finally, today, I grabbed a lounge chair and sat it down in my back yard to take some photos of passing airplanes. This is the first time I've really put my new 135-400mm lens to the test and I don't know that I'll ever be a great aviation photographer, but it's easy to do and it's fun. I can picture lazy summer weekends sitting around on my back deck and just snapping photos all day long (at least until one of my neighbors thinks I'm scouting targets with my scary-looking camera and calls the police on me...).

This photo was the best of today's bunch. It's noisier than I'd like, and not as sharp as it could be, but then I was hand-holding at 400mm, and that's a tough technique to master. After getting results like this on my first day, though, I think I'll be able to do it.

About This Blog

This is increasingly not a blog about Alphabet City, New York. I used to live in the East Village and work on Avenue B, but I no longer do. Why don't I change the name if I'm writing about Japan and video games and guitars? Because New Yorkers are well-rounded people with varied interests, and mine have gone increasingly off the rails over the years. And I don't feel like changing the name. I do still write about New York City sometimes.


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