52 trees – week 50

Autumnal hawthorn leaves, Lensbaby

Well I promised you light and colour, and here it is!  I took the Lensbaby out for a walk one sunny day, as you can count on it to come up trumps with colour.  I don’t know enough about optics to know why it produces such amazing colours, but it finds wonderful colours even where you don’t think there are any, and where the colours are already good it enhances them beautifully.  For once, I managed to get the focussing absolutely right.  I’m not using the Lensbaby much these days and when I don’t use it for a while I tend to lose the ability to focus it accurately.

The lens only fits my old camera, and it was good to go back to that for a while.  I’ve been having some problems with the new camera – I’m not convinced the Autofocus is working as it should, although some of that may be down to my lack of commitment to getting to know the settings properly.  However, while I was on holiday one day, if I held the focus lock down for any length of time the image on the LCD screen started seriously jumping about, and there have been some occasions where it struggles to focus in conditions where it shouldn’t be a problem. It also never seems particularly sharp compared to my previous camera.

Possible faults aside, the position of the video record button is extremely annoying – it sits just under the middle of my right thumb and is easily activated by accident, meaning that I’m constantly producing unwanted videos.  Overall, it’s not nearly so nice to use as my old Sony A350, to the point that I’ve seriously considered changing it for something more enjoyable to operate.  However, I’m not sure I’ve given it enough of a chance – I just picked it up and expected to use it straight away, without taking the time to go through the various settings and check them all out, and I’m still not at the stage where I can change settings without thinking about it.  I do like the fact that it’s a lot lighter than the old camera, and of course its added low light capability is the real reason I wanted it.

It got me thinking, though, that it’s often the case that things I think I want don’t live up to expectations.  I upgraded, around the same time I got the new camera, to Elements 14 (from 9) and I don’t like it nearly so much.  In fact, I find it very annoying to use in many ways.  It does do a few things that the old version didn’t, but overall I much preferred version 9.  The only reason I don’t go back to it is that it can’t cope with the RAW files from the new camera as it isn’t supported by Adobe any more.

I also took the free upgrade to Windows 10 (from Windows 7) and I don’t like that very much either.  I’m beginning to think I’m rather grumpy and stuck in my ways – I may well be – but it’s always been the case that when I find something I like I just want to stay with it and I’m not bothered about looking for anything ‘better’.  Unfortunately, this just isn’t an option in the digital world and, also unfortunately, most times they ‘improve’ something it actually seems to get worse.

I guess that what I want is to be able to get on with what I enjoy most without getting bogged down in relearning something that I already know how to do in the existing version.  I don’t particularly like technology for its own sake, only for the way in which it enables me to get the results I want, and I only want to learn what’s necessary for that.  To be forced to constantly readjust and relearn is a major time and energy drain that I could happily do without.  Ah well, I reckon I should stop ranting and get back to simply appreciating autumn’s stunning colours 🙂

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