Morning everyone. My posts are a little scattered lately. We have a lot going on here personally and it distracts away from my time on the computer, the blog, and sadly, the camera. I picked up the camera last week for *gasp*, the first time in 2 weeks. I had no interest in anything really. Most of the time when I'm bored or need something to shoot I'll just bum around the house and find something like a macro shot, or just test settings on the camera to see what happens.
I couldn't even do that. I tried to just keep my mind on other things. Keep on working, playing some xbox, Destiny mainly. (I'm Dragonfire7 if you need a buddy for raids). Anyways, it was depressing. I found out that I truly miss the passion of making images. It's what puts my mind at ease, relaxes me, and keeps me sane. Photography is not just one of those hobbies I pick up and can put down at will. It's come to my attention that I must make images. It's therapeutic.
In the long run this should net out as ? I spend all my money on gear, the gear lets me shoot, and I am happy. No need for a shrink :).
My therapy session last week was just around the corner. We have a great little mini lake in the neighborhood and there's some wildlife all around. The pond has a trail, it's full of reeds and plant life, a true ecosystem in it's own. I shot manual during this session. It sounds silly that I turned in all full auto Nikon gear only to shoot manual on my Sony a7rII but I love it. The minolta Rokkor lenses are so much fun to shoot with. Sony has a focus peaking feature which allows you to see an outline of subjects that are in focus through the viewfinder or the back display in live view. I do have some auto glass that I use for paid gigs with fast moving targets, but for personal work it's fun to take out the manual lenses.
Here are some shots that I got from that day. The images are all shot as shallow as the lenses would allow. the highest f stop I used was 2.8. Depending on how far from the background your subject is, you can get some really cool bokeh.
Hope you enjoy the gallery. I posted a couple on Instagram as well so you may have seen 1 or 2. Follow me there for updated work. Take it easy, have a great weekend.