I find myself with a couple of new toys for 2012 – toys that weren’t even on my radar screen so I’m not quite sure I even believe they are mine. I’m looking forward to really putting the above items to use – I think a common frustration point in trying to capture kids and action is the limitations with zooming in. I haven’t tested this out in a crowd or across a soccer field yet, but I did play around with it over the holidays. Mostly just testing my eyesight out, and amazing the crowds (fine, just amazing myself) by reading tiny print on newspaper clippings from thirty feet away. I don’t really have a cool way of demonstrating this, but here’s my dorky way. Here’s F’s wall shot from across the room (I’m sitting in the rocking chair in the opposite corner). Like the car bed sheet still hanging at her window? I thought so. Can you say “52 projects?”
Anyway, back to my first point. Wall, from across the room.
Wall, at maximum zoom with original lens.
Wall, mid-zoom with new lens.
I even zoomed in on the photo above in Picasa and could count the number of tears on this birdie’s cheek. Which makes me stop and wonder why the bird is crying.
That bird is tiny though. See it to the right of the square piece. And then look at how tiny it is in the big shot of the wall. Crazy. Can you imagine what I’d do with a telescope?
I’m sensing lots of fun coming up with this. And I can’t not mention the other toy. If you knew the piece of junk phone I had for years and years – well, you’ll know just how fun this thing is to me now. And the girls made me that custom cover – I love it. I’m an instagram addict already.
Got any fun new toys your way?
(Also – I got my knife set completed as well, but I just can’t figure out how to photograph new knives and post them and not look a little bit creepy. Or risk cutting off a digit while trying to photograph me slicing garlic cloves into paper thin slices, because they do, yes they do.)