Takeaways from Week Three

Week 3 was all about using my Minolta AF 50mm F/1.7 lens, which translates to a focal length of 75mm on my Sony SLT α77 with a APS-C sensor. This FL is not ideal for traditional landscape photography, however larger FL can offer a nice change of pace for contemporary landscape photography providing a narrow field of view.

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Takeaways from Week One

To recap, the purpose of this year’s project 365 is to improve my landscape photography. To do so the first step to to learn more about my lenses, to understand what they see, so that I can select the right lens for the vision I have about a particular scene.

Week one was to only take photos with my 35mm (52mm FF) lens as it is most comparable to what the human eye can see in its field of view. This focal length is perfect to convey scenes in an instantly recognizable way, keeping aspects looking true to life and solely focusing and drawing the viewer’s eye towards the background.

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My Landscape Photographic Workflow

There are only seven days left in 2016 signaling the start of another Project 365. As mention in my posting Getting ready for Project 365 (2017), my goal for this project is to concentrate only on Nature photography. Nature photography covers a wide range of photography taken outdoors and devoted to displaying natural elements such as landscapes, wildlife, plants, and close-ups of natural scenes and textures.

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Normal Field of View

In last week’s article Getting ready for Project 365 (2017) I wrote:

One aspect I need to improve on is to learn more about what my lenses see.

I further wrote:

I will pick a topic for each of the 12 months, such as using a Street Lens (24-85 mm) or Normal Lens (50 mm) only.

In preparing for what to write about this week, I started to think, which lens should I start with?

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Getting ready for Project 365 (2017)

2016 is almost over and is time to think about 2017. For me it means starting another Project 365! I did this in 2013 and 2015, doing it again in 2017 would make it every two years. I learned a lot during the last two projects, but there is still so much more to learn. There is nothing better then in my view then taking photos every day.

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Minolta AF 500mm Reflex Lens

Finally got a hold of a Minolta 500mm Reflex Lens, which is a catadioptric photographic lens. This lens, and the repackaged but optically identical Sony Version (SAL–500F8), are the only production mirror lenses designed to have its focus controlled by the camera’s autofocus motor in conjunction with TTL autofocus sensing. In terms of the Minolta AF and subsequent Sony α DSLR systems, these lenses are an anomaly, being the only lenses guaranteed to auto focus at f/8.

This lens will, by default, set the focusing to spot and cannot be changed. This restriction is because of the lens design using mirrors. Since using spot focusing, one must make sure to place the spot focusing square on the subject so it focuses properly. Doing this, focusing is very good, however the depth of field is super slim up close.

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