Baby Steps

Baby StepsPanasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7
1/1250 sec
ISO 100

I realise that it’s human nature for us all to always want everything right now, but it’s good to remember that good things come to those who wait.  Let’s take photography as for example.  You can (and many people do) buy the best DSLR, buy a huge SD card tell everyone you take photos, but there’s really no replacement for experience.  To take good photos takes countless hours searching, composing and taking photos.  It requires hundreds and thousands of failed, terrible photos, with the knowledge that each time you take a sub-par one, you learn something new for next time.  I’ve learned that, over time, you start to develop a subconscious sense of which part of your surroundings may make for a great photo on a day-to-day basis, which isn’t something that you can teach easily.

Mind you, I’m not saying that I’m a good photographer, but it is really satisfying to look back at my photos chronologically and notice the improvements over time.  They say that to become an expert, you need to spend 10,000 hours on an activity and I think that makes a whole lot of sense.

PS: If those little booties look familiar, that’s because they belong to everyone’s favourite hand cream.
PPS: I really wanted to make a bad pun about stepping up or stepping down aperture but that was too bad, even for me.

King of the Cube

King of the Cube

Olympus 14-42mm kit lens at 42mm
1/200 s
ISO 200

This little guy wasn’t meant to be the central attraction on the street, but he couldn’t help but steal the show!  He was set up by a street performer demonstrating that ‘weightless glass ball’ act.  The act was pretty impressive but seriously, look at how Amazon Box Guy is demonstrating total domination over that Rubik’s cube.  Just you dare try to encroach on his territory!

On a more serious note, I wanted to test out the bokeh on this thing.  At 42mm on the kit 14-42mm lens, the aperture can’t open any wider than f/4.4, but it still manages to get some reasonably shallow depth of field.