Monthly Archives: November 2014

First things first. I’ve always admired the technical skills demonstrated in the kind of photography that gets up close and personal with the subjects. Having spent the last two days doing almost nothing but attempting to come up with just one good shot, that admiration has increased considerably.

It’s not helped by the fact that I’m using an adapter. If there is a way of setting the f-stop prior to attaching the lens plus adapter, I haven’t found it yet. It would be helpful to have a smidge more depth of field control.

Still, I’ve got to know three garden spiders very well this weekend. With the right conditions and more practice, practice, practice …………

Sunday morning spiderdew dropSunday spider croppedorb spider 3

I think the package that arrived in today’s post may turn out to be the best $21.00 plus postage I ever spent. I’d seen them on sale for closer to $90.00, so was pleased to take a chance on this for the price.

It’s an adapter (FOTGA brand) that attaches to Sony E-mount lenses (eg NEX and A6000) to enable the use of Canon EOS lenses. The other factor contributing to the future success of this gamble is that another person in my household happens to own a Canon EOS and assorted lenses.

Within a couple of hours of receipt of the adapter, I’d put it through its paces in the garden. It was not the most suitable day to attempt using the 60mm macro lens. Another storm is brewing and the wind is rising up in micro gusts. I’ve also got to get lots of practice with the shallower depth of fields and, short of using a tripod, find a way to stablise a hand-held Sony A6000 which is being asked to carry the additional weight. The wind was a huge factor in missing the mark on some spider and web shots today.

Here’s what came out of the new combination on the first pass. The only editing that’s taken place is cropping.

Dancing lady orchid - Canon lens attached Hydrangea - Canon 60mm attached African daisy 2 - Canon 60mm attached blueberries - Canon 60mm attached African daisy - Canon Macro 60mm attached

I was finishing breakfast on Saturday. The shape of an empty glass of water took my attention, and as I had my iPhone nearby, I thought I’d see what happened if I took a photography through the bottom of the glass.

through the water glass - iPhone 5


I thought it looked pretty interesting so posted it on Facebook. Photographer Laura Goyer thought it was fun too, and asked the question, “Have you tried free lensing?”

Not only hadn’t I tried it, I had no idea what it meant. Cue Mr Google where I found these instructions on A Beautiful Mess blog.

Free lensing involves removing the lens from your camera and holding it in a tilt fashion in front of the sensor.

It didn’t take me long to have a play. At first I thought, that because I have a mirrorless camera and not a DSLR, it might not quite come off. In addition, a few settings on your camera need adjustment to make it possible eg enable the shutter when a lens is not attached.

It’s clearly going to take a lot of practice, and you wouldn’t try it in a dust storm, but there’s no doubt I’ll have some more play with this to see what surprises emerge.  Thanks Laura!

freelensing play 1

freelensing play 2

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are respectfully advised that this post contains the name of a deceased individual.

tree down after storm

A large storm came through parts of the state’s south-east on Wednesday night. Something prompted me, despite the continuing humidity, to make my first visit to the Boondall Wetlands** with the camera. It’s fair to say that the prospect of any shore bird activity mid-morning was nil-to-slight. It was hot and sticky and, if I’d asked them, I’m sure the mosquitoes could have lifted me along the path.

In a landscape like this, though, the Billai Dhagun Track didn’t disappoint. Casuarinas, tea-trees, and mangroves. Butcher birds and ibises. As a bonus, along the track, there are eighteen cast aluminium totems (the Nurri Millen totems) created in 1996 by artist Ron Hurley in a shared public sculpture program.

Here’s some of the camera play.

Billai dhagun track 2 - green strokeBillai dhargun track 5pigface in flowerRon Hurley - Nurri Millen totemsbutterfly #1billai dhargun track 3bush flower

** Before these wetlands were designated, in a land and time long ago, my 14 year old self (and a friend who I will not out here) did spend the odd afternoon after school in this vicinity. It’s possible that cigarettes may be an element of that story.

The rental car (Chevy Chariot*) went back this morning and we took to MARTA to explore Atlanta’s city centre. As an aside, Margaret Mitchell wrote Gone with the Wind in Atlanta. Today there was wind. Blowing south from the Arctic. There’s a freeze warning out for Atlanta tonight and tomorrow. Yes there is.

* It is true that some people can drive around in a car for over 6 weeks and not be able to recognise that it was in fact a Chrysler. In my defence, Chrysler Chariot does not have quite the same ring to it.

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This journey is coming to a close and there’s a slow and gentle wind-down taking place. Today we visited a school mate of Rob’s and bought a suitcase to carry home items we’ve accumulated along the way. Getting into some normal. The temperature will drop considerably over the next few days before we fly home on Saturday. Almost summer yesterday, grab your coats and scarves tomorrow.

Tonight’s meal was in a Turkish restaurant, accompanied by hip-hop music, yes hip-hop music – falafel and all the trimmings. We passed on the hookah.

Falafel Istanbul - 12 Nov 2014 - Atlanta Hookah - Istanbul - Atlanta

The title of this post could be a Greek mythical story. Not so, for today I bring you news of Helen, a little taste of Germany in the north of Georgia.

Hot on the heels of their annual Oktoberfest, the Christmas decorations and lights are being readied.

After breakfast at the bakery this morning, we stocked up on some more carbs, because after travelling in the US for some weeks, that’s what we need.

House of Jerky Helen, Georgia Christmas is coming to Helen, Georgia pretzel rolls

We’re in Atlanta for the last leg of the trip. Rob is a gifted travel planner and his skill in finding value accommodation has come to the fore again. We’re in a top floor apartment just north of the city centre until we fly on Saturday, which will give us a chance to see Atlanta and surrounds, and get ourselves ready for the trip home.

I’ve been offline for a few days ‘camping’ in North Carolina with friends I met last year at the same event. As and when it all gets distilled in my head, I’ll be posting about the highlights. It may take some time to compile them, as there are many.

Here’s our view for the next few days, that is, if you go out onto the balcony and turn left. 🙂

Atlanta skyline 10 Nov 2014 Atlanta skyline 3 Atlanta sunset - 10 November 2014


Atlanta night skyline