It has been a dismal day. It’s snowed non stop but has not produced anything worth shouting about.
After an early walk down by the river we headed into town to investigate the toffee business. The dogs met a mastiff who poor thing has bone cancer. No sign that it was troubling her as she chased my two for a good ten minutes barking to keep them on the move.
Toffee sorted and posted we headed back for a late breakfast.
I then set about modifying the harness I got for Bertha. It is not perfect yet so I will have another go tomorrow. I’m on the right track though. The lens weighs about ten pounds which isn’t much but it is too much on a single strap for an elderly snapper. I got a harness from Think Tank….called The Belly Dancer, it doesn’t do much dancing but does rest quite comfortably on my belly. It also has lots of room for little bags to put things in. Could be useful if the wee bags are cheap.
When I used to go macroing it always amazed me how much stuff I lug about. Lights, reflectors, tripod and any amount of junk. I also have to take a giant corkscrew thinghy. I now have two. They screw into the ground. I tether the dogs to one and if necessary I place the tripod over the other and lash it down… makes for a bomb proof mount. Cheap too they are a fiver or less in pet shops.
I have a 100mm Macro lens. Unless we get really cold weather it will stay in the van till summer. I also have the creme de la creme of macro lenses wandering my way. A Canon MP-E 65mm. It has no focus adjustment but popped on my macro plate it will adjust. 1x to 5x. I can see it providing endless expletives and entertainment. Possibly a good image or three. The only certainty is that it will not suffer a fool. I have a ring light but will most likely need ring flash. Anyone know if flash damages insects eyes?
I set the camera up on a tripod and used second curtain flash to record these snowflake trails. Took me ages to learn how to (a) use the camera on manual and (b) use the Speedlight…..what Canon call a flash gun. Ten images to get this far then the snow stopped. It could be a fun technique in competent hands.
Not a bad day I’m slowly sussing the Canon system. Very slowly I’ve had it a month.
Tomorrow we are going to investigate the Sulphur Well and maybe the Ferrous Well the waters of which gave rise to the towns Victorian prosperity.