So much has been happening recently. The weather turned nice and warm for a day or so before resorting to the UK default of wind, rain and cold. Summer arrived in March last year and then disappeared for the whole year. Was this recent dry and warm spell our 2013 summer or will it return?
Sir Alex is retiring from management. I couldn't go to wish him well but l have attached a photo from a couple of years ago when another hero, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, said farewell.
On the photography front, l have been experimenting with vintage lenses on my Sony NEX 7. This camera really benefits from high quality glass. With its 24mp sensor, it can produce wonderful images but it doesn't suffer poor lenses. Carl Zeiss are about to release some very nice - and expensive - lenses for E-mount (NEX) cameras. If you want the same quality without the financial costs, seek out the second hand dealers and charity shops. A good, used prime lens from Pentax, Zeiss or Yashika can cost as little as £60. If you add the cost of an adapter - these older lenses have different mounts - you can have a really nice addition to your lens collection for under £100. Even if you spend closer to £200, you will still get something that could only be matched by spending three or four times that amount on a modern lens. Is there a catch? Well, there is.........in most cases, you will have to use manual settings on your camera. That means setting your aperture or speed settings while focussing manually. If you know about photography, this shouldn't be a problem. In fact, it's quite fun and gets you more involved with your craft. You become more precise and thoughtful about your compositions.
I will highlight the use of vintage lenses in a separate gallery soon. In addition, l will set up a gallery in which l will show restored images taken from old negatives, slides and prints. I can be commissioned if you have some old images that would benefit from being cleaned up and resized for the digital age.