I would make some exciting comment that suggests my life is fast-paced and full of so many other bustling commitments that this blog hardly tops the priority list, like “wow! Has it already been a month?” or “can’t believe I need to write another post here already!” or “guess I’ve gotta take a break from NASCAR at some point huh?” But the truth is, it feels like aaaages since I last put something up here. I took more photos than I thought I would in a month, snappin’ dem shots rapid fire. Maybe this monthly thing is a little too infrequent, but who does biweekly blogging? So complicated, I won’t be able to remember if it’s an “on” week or an “off” week. It sounds like a whole lot of memory and critical thinking skills that I’m not prepared to commit to right now. It’s not you, biweekly blog, it’s me.
Well, now that I’ve painstakingly reasoned out that extremely adrenaline-charged material I bet you’re all just on the edges of your seats. As you should be! For I recently acquired a super zoomy thing that the pros, and people who hear things, call a telephoto lens. It’s actually my mom’s old lens that I handily retrofitted to my modern flashy (no pun intended – actually seriously not, it doesn’t have a flip-up flash. I would have been a LIAR to use such a joke) X-A1 by ordering a lens adapter via the Internet, from some fellow with the clever eBay handle “wayee2010” (you’ll all delight to know that when I first tried to remember that, I thought it was simply “weewoo”. Which honestly is better). Was 2010 a special year for you, wayee? Or was it the year you decided to stride confidently into the lovely mercantile exchange of eBay? If so, I must say that you have amassed a rather expansive collection of ultra-specific camera supplies in only 4 years. I’m impressed, wayee, I’m impressed. (My entire rant about wayee sounds decidedly suspicious and accusatory. For the record, I would like to say I think wayee is probably a totally legitimate, nice guy, or at least I really don’t care if they’re not legit and super mean.) Okay let’s move on.
Telephoto pictures tell you a lot more than a normal photo, because they are so detailed and zoomy. I can only assume this is where the name comes from. Since the excellent telephoto lens is the latest enriching element in my camera life, I would like to showcase to you some extremely close-up photos that I took. I couldn’t decide on just one photo after all my highly zoomed-in adventures, so I have selected a few! Also note that you can click on these bad boys to see the full size photo.
So I guess it’s worth mentioning that I was on reading break from university last week and Dormant Charlotte plus some other friendos went to Lake Louise for the ski and the fun and la scenic view! Therefore, more mountain photos. Sometimes it’s pretty great living in ‘Berta since you can visit such lovely rocky escarpments with relative ease. This is my first successful telephoto shot! Also possibly worth mentioning that using lens adapters and old lenses means one has to manually set one’s own aperture and shutter speed, like a true photography fiend. So I was pretty happy to get something this good after some uneducated fiddling! See,anyone can do it!
These are some cedar waxwings in my backyard. Big flocks of these birds can always be expected in Edmonton, but usually nearer to real springtime! Some harsh weather conditions await these unsuspecting little chirpers. But I think it’s quite a nice photo, with their fronts outlined in sunshine. Only thing is, maybe my glass has a chip in it or somesuch, since an odd mark has reared its unbidden head in the top corner there. Also a little blurred, but what can ya do when your hands are trembling with waxwing jitters!
I also took a few pictures without the aid of telephoto technology. These photos will tell you less, therefore they are not as valuable what with that whole “pictures say a thousand words” adage keeping them down. But I hope you will embrace them, even though they exist on a lower tier of photo society.
Waxwings in flight! I managed to get the right moment when they all fluttered out of the trees at once, so again I was quite self-satisfied. Soon, my ego will inflate to previously unheard of size and I shall be carried away on an ego hot air balloon of sorts, if you will. But then I shall be flying among my waxwing friends and thus, in a way, more free than I have ever been. And they will never have heard of this thing called “ego” and will accept me, not as one of their kind, but as some freaky constant structure in their lives that they simply have to deal with. Akin to a sudden gust of air throwing them off course, or that top-hatted man in the park who is always trying to capture them for his circus.
This last one was taken on a hike nearby Banff, in an area in odd limbo between an unattractive construction site and untamed wilderness. Luckily there was bright red tape dividing the two so it was easy to tell which side was the pretty nature part. My mom has threatened to paint this, therefore I deem it artistically inspiring (to people in my immediate family). It also looks like it would be a huge headache to try to paint and I would probably give up on that.
And I conclude my photo update! Stay tuned for next month, which will probably feature less exotic locations and scenic inclusions. Shit that’s not how you’re supposed to keep people reading, do the thing where they want to come back for the next even better thing! Next month’s photo(s) will definitely be vivacious, zealous, and tantalizing. So come back for that! Yeah. Buzz words.
From the SarNas!