52 trees – week thirty-five

Poppy field, Balderton

This is the first image I’ve posted that’s been taken with my new Sony a6000 – I finally got it about two weeks ago, and have been getting used to it since then.  I knew my old camera inside-out and could adjust settings without even looking or stopping to think, so it feels like going backwards a little.  In fact, I deleted all the pictures I took on my first outing with it, as it was more a case of getting used to it than trying to do anything artistic.  But I’m getting there, and the camera itself is brilliant.

It’s so much smaller and lighter than my previous one, while at the same time having far greater low-light capability, a lot more pixels to play with, and extra options I haven’t even investigated yet.  As my old camera is so old that it’s worth nothing now, I’m going to keep the body and use it as a dedicated Lensbaby camera, meaning that I can simply grab it and know it’s all ready to go instead of the faff of changing lenses and altering settings.

One of my problems with the new camera at the moment is that the version of Elements I’ve got won’t recognise and process the RAW files.  Normally this isn’t an issue and you just download a little bit of software to update it, but my version of Elements is so old that it’s not supported any more.  This means that until I buy a newer version, which I’ll have to do soon, I can only work with the jpeg files.  It’s surprising how frustrating this is, as I know I can get much better results working with RAW.

The viewfinder of the a6000 is beautifully bright and clear – that is, until you’re in a poppy field in very bright light and your photo sensitive glasses have significantly darkened (next time I change my glasses I’m going clear)…………..it was almost impossible to see anything – couldn’t see which settings I was changing or what they were doing, couldn’t see what was in the frame, couldn’t see the resulting image on the LCD screen, and felt as if I were shooting blind.  The results were surprisingly acceptable, considering.

This was my desperate attempt at the weekend to find something for my tree post this week, as I’ve failed to produce anything new the last couple of weeks and have relied on my backlog from the New Forest.  This field is a couple of miles up the road, and last year the poppies were so spectacular that cars were continually nipping into the nearby layby so that their occupants could stop to take a proper look.  This year, not so much, but there are still plenty of poppies. This image is really more about the poppies than the tree, but it does need the tree – try blocking out the tree with your fingers and you’ll see it loses something. The two images below are more what I had in mind, as the tree is more important in the frame, and I wanted to get across the idea of the poppies being sheltered by it.  However, the first has an unwelcome smudge of lens flare, and the second isn’t the best composed, so I opted for the less interesting but undoubtedly cheerful image at the top of the post.

Poppy field and tree, Balderton, Notts

Poppy tree 999

 

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