This past weekend I had a chance to have a proper play with my Sony A200 – quite different to the Panasonic DMC-TZ1 that I’ve been using for the past few years, to say the least.
On the Saturday I mostly shot indoors with my 16 month old son as the main subject. When I looked at the photos on my laptop I thought they looked good quality, and after confirmation from both my wife and Mum I knew that the A200 was a great acquisition. The photo below is my favourite of the ones I took of my little boy, and I think he looks a lot older than his 16 months, even with dried yoghurt all over his face!
Around 6pm I took things outside and decided to do a bit of macro photography with one of my favourite subjects, spiders! Luckily (depending on what way you look at it) there was a big spider above our door so I took about 30 shots from all different angles, using both the macro setting and the normal setting with maximum zoom. I didn’t think the results were as good as with my compact camera, but then that has a macro mode designed to be used with the built in lens. Without a dedicated macro lens, or at least a lens with a far better zoom than my 18-70mm kit lens, I can’t expect world class macro photography. Still, I think this one came out quite well.
8 hairy legs!
The weather on Saturday had been amazing, a beautiful later summer’s day. Sunday however was a different day entirely, much colder and overcast. Most disappointingly the light wasn’t very good, and as an absolute beginner I had no idea how to use the camera to compensate for that. We went off to St. Albans and I set about taking photos of St. Albans Cathedral, where I graduated in 1997, and the park and lake which I had hoped would be drenched on the same sunshine as Saturday. The sun never showed its face, but I did my best all the same. More importantly I had fun, and got more used to the feel of my camera.
I actually set up a new website to show some of my photos. The idea is that I will be putting photos that I am most proud of on there but I also thought it important to post quite a few from this weekend so people can see where I started from in months and years to come. The website is Fable Photos – leave a comment if you can guess where that name got it’s inspiration!
When I posted a few on the Talk Photography Forums I got a comment that about my composition and the subject of my all photos were dead centre and that I cropped too close to the subject. I get that and especially in this photo I took of a goose which got the following comment – It would look much better with space on the right side of it so that it’s moving into space. I have to agree, it looks like the goose is about to bash it’s head!
My composition will improve over time, it’s not something I’ve really thought about much before but is something I will be thinking about when I use my camera next. Below are a few more of the photos I took on Sunday, the rest are at Fable Photos – any comments and advice will be gratefully received and appreciated.
St. Albans Cathedral