Starter Lens

By: pbcmedia

Dec 27 2008

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Category: 2009, Creativity, Humor, Life, Photography


Focal Length:35mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 5D

You are going to have to trust me on this one.  My reeds are in there along with the holly berries and a snow drift.

I took out the “starter lens” that came with my old analog Canon Rebel.  It’s a 28-80mm.   If you read a review of this lens you would prepare yourself for a lifetime of horrible photos.  It’s cheap.  It’s soft.  It’s what they put on the camera when I bought it.  Gee, thanks.  I never used it.

So, in the spirit of this series , “Countdown to 2009”, to go to the muse: the reeds by the pond, or as I’ve found out just recently, to the Queen Anne’s Lace “reeds” by the pond– thank you, Amy!– every day for a week,  to figure out my damn future by January 1, 2009,  I went today in a light rain.

I decided to try something new and took my old, neglected, hardly ever used, shunned really, “starter lens” of years and years ago.  I had slipped the other icy morning on some black ice right near the Queen Anne’s Lace and the berry bush on the pond’s edge.   Although I saved myself in time, I began thinking what a photo might have looked like if I had snapped the shutter as I was tumbling to most certain broken something or other.

Here it is.

I don’t take photos in focus whether the lens cost $50 or $2000!

©Pat Coakley 2008


5 comments on “Starter Lens”

  1. I love all these Queen Anne’s lace pix. I think I might like them better in the winter; is that weird? Good luck with your resolutions. Just make sure your future includes all of us who love you (especially me!).

  2. Aww…sweet Al. Now, that’s as nice a Christmas present as I could ever get!

  3. It is true that sometimes we see things differently through aged paradigms. They are not always better, just different. So keep messing with old things, Pat. You never know what rare new perspective you’ll uncover . . .

  4. This one is a big BIG oh wows, I love the fact that it is not about the cost of the lens that determines the artwork but rather the person and what they do with what they have available. You don’t need the most expensive lens to create one of the most beautiful awe inspiring images I have ever seen. Hands down Pat this to me is one of my all time favourites of yours and in my mind perfect blown up HUGE on a wall…

  5. Tysdaddy, oh you and your aged paradigms! Me? I’ve got ruts I’ve got to blast my way out of.

    Sanity, it’s you and me on this one, girl! Yep. And, I like that it was the 50 dollar lens as well!

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