My New Camera - Day 3
Metering, Exposure& Adventures with the 180/2.8 - Really good and bad photos
Saturday February 25: I finally got out into the light today, and shot 91 images. The world was gray till I got to Sunset Bay. My first visit was the spillway, which was full of rushing roaring water from recent rain (We're still in drought, but it's a wetter one lately). There's an immense sense of power there that draws crowds. Cute little kids splashing through puddles, everybody drawn to the flow sluicing down from the damn, around the bend and out under the bridges.
I needed to walk and did some of that, thinking, at first, that I needed to carry both cameras so I could do comparison shots. Then, after walking around with my ancient camera case — haven't needed such a thing during my digital carreer, because those cameras were small and the acoutrements all fit in slim space attached to the camera and strap.
Until the D200, it wasn't even possible for me to have other lenses on my digicams. After handling the Nikon these last few days, the Sony felt like a toy, dinky and insubstantial. I still miss its standout features (may miss them for awhile), but after carting the case and the toy around awhile, I felt burdened by all that clutter.
Both Sony and Nikon let me see the shot I've just made just after I shot them. The F707 showed it to me in the EVF viewfinder where my eye is and my vision is diopter adjusted. The D200's viewfinder is diopter adjusted, too, but that not where it shows the last shot. It shows the last shot in the nice, big LCD monitor, just out of sight from looking through the camera.
That monitor is not and could not be diopter adjusted, so close-up glasses wearing me can't focus on that image without holding the cam uncomfortably out in front of me. Hardly condusive to being ready to shoot the next shot. I could wear my glasses to shoot and to view just-shot pix. That's uncomfortable and best for my vision to wear my reading glasses less, but there's the rub.
Happily, the D200 beeps when it's in focus, although I have not yet figured out how to set the various focus modes. I'm still struggling with exposure modes. But, as usual, because I have compelling reasons to learn these new cam basics, I wil.
When I got to Sunset Bay, home roost of my pelicans, I carried only the 200 with the 180/2.8 still firmly stuck to the front of it. I am gaining a vast appreciation for that old lens.
Shooting my new camera was a gas. I especially remember a sequence panning along with a flying pelican. With the Sony I could only get off one shot every couple seconds and it didn't show a continuous view. Today, following my pelk friend, I was able to follow through, click whenever I wanted (to a total of six shots during his quick flight). The results were less than steller in exposure and camera movment, but it was still a rush. And a lesson to learn how to set the Nikon better.
The first five or six times I paged through my shot pix on the camera, I was disappointed, forgetting that I often am, at first. Only later remembering, that most of the photographs I make are essentially worthless, except in an educational capacity.
It wasn't until I loaded them on my Cube early Sunday morning that I discovered that there were some gems in there. This page shows some of those, and more lessons.
Shot from as close as the 180 will focus, about 5 1/2 feet, hand held at 1/15 (I can't always hold it that still but this time I managed) in the living room. Not exactly a portrait lens (at 270mm in 35mm equivalency, it's about 170mm too long for that), but it works.
[All shots taken with the Nikon 180mm 2.8 AF lens.]