I was so excited to finally get my new 55-210 mm lens out in the open on a day when, as one of our local weather people would say, “the mountains were out. ” I found a few spots to zoom in on the mountains but quickly ran into several frustrations.
The first was being unable to see what I was taking a picture of. My camera doesn’t have a viewfinder so I have to rely on the screen, which is shiny and reflects light, making it nearly impossible to see on bright days. This makes me do dumb things like cut off the end of this dock:
The other problem I noticed right away was that the foreground was really dark and the mountains were really bright, making it very difficult to find the right exposure. If I got the foreground light enough, the Cascades disappeared into the haze. I could have maybe solved this problem if I had thought to use the HDR setting, which takes three photos with different exposures and blends them into one. This didn’t even occur to me though, which is completely baffling because I took an HDR photo with my iPhone!
I could chalk this stupidity up to having migraine brain, but, truthfully, I have this problem whenever I have my camera out in bright light. It’s like my brain get blinded by the light along with my eyes. I’m hoping a pair of prescription sunglasses and a big, dorky wide-brimmed hat will solve this problem.
Even if I hadn’t given the third problem away with the title, I’m sure you would have noticed it by now. I noticed it as soon as I opened my photos on my computer: my freakin’ lens was dirty! Those black dots hovering above the mountains are not UFOs. They are chunks of something stuck to my lens and they’re obvious in every photo that contains sky.
None of the images turned out as sharp as I hoped they would be either. Maybe I should have used a smaller aperture and maybe a UV filter would have helped. And maybe I should just stick with my iPhone camera since I can’t remember how to use anything more complicated when I’m outside!
The only thing I’m sure of is that my next photography purchase will be a lens cleaning kit. 🙂