I took a wee rip to Budapest a couple of weeks ago to celebrate my wifes buffday and picked myself up a second hand canon 50mm prime lens... Happy buffday wifey ;) No pictures from the trip as we were celebrting so was not stopping every few minutes to take pictures but have had a play around since!
I am really pleased with my purchase the lens is much faster than I am used to and I have given it a bit of a run and has helped me step over the 400 image mark on my portfolio :D It is the end of the year for us and I thought I would get some picture shots of me completing our final task before settling down for a relaxing and well earned break over winter.
Shooting at wider apertures has really helped getting these pictures just the way I want them with a really nice sharp focal area with much more defined separation betwen me and the backgorund. It is not without it's own challenges, and ensuring that you nail your focal point when you are working with a narrower dof particularly with shots involving movement aint the easiest of things to get to grips with, but am pleased that after a bit of tinkering I managed to get the shots I wanted.
Now the only thing for me to do is sit back and enjoy the fruits of my labour and try and get creative with continuing to build my portfolio. I tend to shoot what I am doing and my lifestyle as a smallholder and food producer offers me plenty of opportunties but these next couple of months are going to be tough creatively! I consider myself to be a good cook but a food stylist I am certainly not but will definately be playing a little with some cooked food but beyond that I am a little stumped until the scenery changes a little as vast acres of emty harvested fields are not the most sought after I would guess!
Where about in Europe are your parents, we are south of the alp so we get sheltered from the germanic weather fronts and ours sweep in from the carpathian mountains so we get winter a little later ;) I started submitting stock last January so was still very new and shooting snow and ice represents a challenge with layers of white on white being really difficult to gain separation!
Great news is that this weekends sales have pushed me over the 100USD mark :D I had only one sale all week but 3 this weekend, ayday at last 10 months lets hope the next one is a little quicker ;)
Well, perhaps I was exaggerating a bit the length of winter :-) But I remember my parents telling me last year that they had the first snow fall in October, when the leaves were still on trees, which caused a lot of damage to electrical lines (the tree branches were braking under the weight of snow and leaves) and I remember going on numerous occasions skiing in April (but the snow was only in the mountains by then). You will be able to put a Christmas tree out, even a small one, and perhaps photographed it with the lights on covered with snow? It would make a smashing winter greeting card! All the best again, let us all know wehen you reach firts pay out! Must be a great feeling to be so close. Ewapix
Thank Ewapix, it's been a long and tough 10 months contributing here on DT and I am just 1.45USD from payout number 1 :D
I am in Eastern Hungary but live on the largest flat plain of land in Europe (nearest hill is 100km away) and have really struggled with my landscape photographs with nothing that I consider to be worthy of contributing here (imo).
However I have learned a great deal submitting to stock sites and will have a go at some winter scenes but winter for us typically will not arrive until mid December and go on till the end of Feb.
Hi, thanks for all the info on the lenses, v interesting. Just to answer your question about ideas for photographs - from what you said I guessed that you are living at the moment in the country where soon there will be plenty of snow :-) I grew up in the middle of Europe, you see, and I know that winter there starts about now and last until about April! I have had a quick look at your portfolio and it seems to me you could do with some winter landscapes :-) Good luck! (you seem to be doing very well, congratulations on more than 100 images sold! makes me feel rather jealous!) Ewapix
@Py2000, I picked up the Nifty Fifty, f1.8... I cannot justify spending more on a hobby but I am astounded at the quality of the image, sure the AF isn't lightning quick and the build quality aint great but for image quality it is simply stunning.
I had been struggling with some Chromatic aboration in my high contrast shots and fixing them in photoshop was becoming an absolute headache. I had read some reviews of this lens before I saw it for sale and technical reviews were wtrong but was not expecting it to perform as well as it has :D
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