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I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

L is for LENSES

A camera lens is, simply put, an optical lens or group of lenses used with a camera body and a mechanism to make images of objects either on film or on a memory card.

There is no major difference in principle between a lens used for a still camera, a video camera, a telescope, or a microscope, but the detailed design and construction are different. If you’d like to read up on the mathematical constructs of lenses, please check out these websites because frankly, it’s far too complicated for me to understand, let alone explain.

http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/telephoto-lenses.htm http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/camera-lenses.htm

As I have mentioned before, I do not use a DSLR – a camera where the photographer is able to manually change the settings by using interchangeable lenses for distance, light, focus, etc. I can do quite a bit with my camera, but if a photographer wants special types of pictures and is extremely proficient, it’s best to have a DSLR.

My camera, a digital, has quite a few settings built into the camera and the lens changes according to my choices. It has an optical zoom lens capability of 30X wide along with settings for Scenes (landscapes, illuminated scenes, fast-moving action, indoor shooting, candlelight, self-portraits, reproducing vivid reds/yellows or greens/blues, fireworks, still life, documents, mountains and seascapes, birds in the wild, pets, and with a soft background effect), Magic (taking pictures with various effects like pop art, pin hole, fish eye, and drawing), Panorama, and Beauty (to create dynamic portrait pictures).

Here is a photo using the birds in the wild setting. Be sure to click on the photos to enlarge.

These eagles love to sit at the top of a gigantic cedar tree down the street from my house and one sunny day I managed to get quite a few images of them.

Here's a mountain scene using my telephoto setting. I took this one on February 6 of this year from the grassy area beside Boundary Bay Airport. Can you see the bird flying just in front of the center-right mountain peak?

Now for a few photos showing brilliant reds, oranges, yellows, purples, blues, greens.

One last thing I'd like to mention is the lens' capability to photograph things from up close. This is called a "macro" shot and I will focus on (pardon the pun) this next week for the letter "M." But here are a couple of my shots using the macro setting. First, a bumble bee and next are some hydrangea flower petals.

Finally, large thanks to the lovely Mrs. Nesbitt for her lavish and likeable ABC Wednesday! Her loyal, loveable, and lusty crew of assistants will visit your posts to liven you up with their sometimes lighthearted or loopy comments. It isn't laborious for us at all, and we feel extremely lucky to be part of such a lively team.


Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Goodness, I've no idea what most of my camera settings mean! Love those "brilliant blue" photos.

Roger Owen Green said...

And here I thought it would be L for Leslie, crack photographer!
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Powell River Books said...

You are having so much fun with your photography. - Margy

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

Love the photos...

Shrinky said...

Wow, looks like you can happily achieve an excellent result withiout the need to cart all the lens paraphinallia along to the shot. These days, with the quality of cameras like yours, my ancient Cannon 350, and all the fiddly kit to lug around, is virtually redundant. It's on my wish list to upgrade to something more snazzy and versitile such as yours (so watch out, I may want to play with it when you come over)!

Mar said...

Fantastic pictures. I should learn more about my own camera!

L is for...

dreamysap said...

Lovely photos! Esp the Macros :)

Carver said...

I enjoy your camera posts so much. These are all wonderful shots.

Scriptor Senex said...

Great pictures and a super thankyou to the crew at the end which I'm sure we all echo!

Scriptor Senex's L is here.

Andy David said...

I'm absolutely rubbish at taking photos...I leave all that to my wife. Nice selection. Thanks for sharing.

Like A Lotus...

Meryl said...

Oh I just love these posts! Your eye and the shots you take are incredible.

jill said...

Beautiful pics Leslie I know I always say that but they are xx

Ann said...

It's so remarkable how much we can capture with the right lens on the camera. Love all your settings. The photos are brilliant.

EG CameraGirl said...

I'm so jealous of your eagle shot!

Hildred and Charles said...

Leslie, you always inspire me to learn more about my camera and I haven't done it yet. If not now, then when!!!!!

VioletSky said...

I have just come home with a brand new camera lens for my DSLR - hope I have the patience to learn how to use it properly!

zongrik said...

great pix. i love the eagles, i also like the effect of the blue one

loose collars

Dhemz said...

love all the photos...I have a new lens for my DSLR, but haven't tried it yet.

Emille said...

Oh, I envy you being able to capture eagles from up close like this! Love your pics!

Reader Wil said...

Your macro shots are magnificent! The other photos are also great!
Wil, ABC Wednesday Team

Ann said...

I like that red box like building. I am not a technical person, I just use them. Just don't change anything on my camera or computer, or my car.

Paula Scott said...

You definitely demonstrate that it's not the camera you have, but knowing how to use it! Brava!

chubskulit said...

I really love the colors on that third shot. Great job Leslie.

Littlest Petshop
Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

Jerla Oh lalala said...

oh boy! lenses... love lens. i love photography too. you got gorgeous pictures.

mine is up http://jerlalou.blogspot.com/2012/04/l-o-v-e-r-s.html hope to see u

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