A Bad Day With A Camera

This ‘n That

Today was another long one at work. I was supposed to have the morning off for appointments, but the work was so stacked up that I wound up logging in at 5:30 am, working until 8:45 am, and then racing off to the vet with the cat. I was home by 10:00 am so I logged back in and worked until 11:00 am, wherein I raced out the door to see my own doctor. Once back I worked until 5:00 pm. I had a short nap in my chair upstairs, ate, and then logged back in to work from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. Then it was photography time

That’s some eyebrow, Lower Gray Pond, Strathmore, AB, 2024-05-14

It was a fairly calm evening, so I sent the drone out over Lower Gray Pond to capture a muted sunset. I have to say that I am very happy with how the Mini 3 is able to hover over water without losing altitude like the Mini 2 did. That was nerve-wracking.

Payday, Mayday Tree, My Backyard,
Strathmore, AB, 2024-05-14
White’s alright, Mayday Tree, My Backyard,
Strathmore, AB, 2024-05-14

Before the sunset, there were flowers. I roared around my backyard with the Canon R5 and my Pentacon Electric, Red, 50mm f1.8 manual lens. It’s a PK (Pentax) mount lens that is fitted to my Canon mirorless via the Fotodiox PK-EF lens adapter. The serious gear heads will note that the R5 uses Canon’s new RF mount, so the Fotodiox plugs into my Neewer EF – RF lens adapter that features a drop-in, variable ND filter.

Spring fling, Dat Maple, My Front YardStrathmore, AB, 2024-05-14

The Pentacon 50mm definitely has a learning curve to it. It is not as easy to use as Rick McGinnis — who introduced me to the lens — makes it look. The darn thing left me feeling like a five year old with a No. 2 Brownie for a few moments when I was reviewing the copious number of unusable images I had produced. The Pentacon does produce nice light circles when shooting into the sun, so I will experiment some more with that.

More practice is obviously needed, so I am making sure I get a full lunch break tomorrow and I’m taking the Pentacon out with me for my walk.

Today’s kit: The DJI Mini 3 photography drone for the sunset panoramic and the rest with my Canon EOS R5, a Pentacon Electric, Red, 50mm f1.8 manual lens, and it is fitted to the R5 via a Fotodiox PK – EF lens adapter slapped onto the Neewer EF – RF lens adapter.

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