Why Snapshot?

To my mind there is a vast difference between a photograph and a snapshot.
A photograph is made, the photographer has a vision for the image in mind and sets about creating it. Waiting for the right light or weather conditions and often visiting the scene several times to get it just right.
A snapshot on the other hand is taken as the opportunity arises, often with minimal thought. It is what we do on holiday, when out with family, it aids us in remembering those moments long past.
Having said that, many snapshots are perfect, just like the postcard, whilst some photographs, despite the time and effort, look like a hurried snapshot.
I take mainly snapshots, but occasionally, I get a beautiful photograph.

More of my images can be seen on smugmug and on flickr

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Commonly Used Focal Lengths

Recently I have taken to using a 35mm prime as my default lens. I have several 35mm primes including a M 35/2, DA AL 35/2.4 and my favourite HD DA 35/2.8 Macro. 35mm on my crop sensor translates to around 52mm in 35mm terms. I am finding it a more "natural" focal length which has been quite surprising as up until 12 months ago when I upgraded from a Pentax K10D to the K5iis my preferred lens was a Sigma 10-20.

I used the program ExposurePlot to check the focal lengths I used on my recent Ballarat day trip and here are the results.

Surprisingly, the majority of my images were taken at 50mm, with 40mm not too far behind.

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