Test driving my new lens

In the hope of improving my photographic skills I recently purchased a new lens for my camera – a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II. This is a very basic lens and is often referred to as the “Thrifty Fifty” (it’s slightly more expensive brother the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM being referred to as the “Nifty Fifty”).
Well what can I say… I wish I had bought one of these ages ago. It makes photographing stuff in low light a breeze and as you can play around with really large aperture settings you can get great blurring effects in the foreground and background – making portrait style photos so much more interesting.

The first few photos I took with my new lens where all pretty bad, but after reading a lot about using this lens and watching some tutorials on Youtube, I thought I better buckle down and take some serious shots.
Of course Stripes (better known on Instagram as #bestcat) was quick to volunteer and making use of the bright autumn sunshine – we set up our own little home photo shoot.

I know I have a long way to go, but I thought I would share some of my favorites from this morning’s little session – what do you think?

Stripes

Stripes

Stripes

Stripes

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5 Responses to Test driving my new lens

  1. jandi April 2, 2014 at 4:28 pm #

    Nice photos- looks like your cat has some African Wild Cat in his ancestry :-)

    • JoanneReidy April 2, 2014 at 6:54 pm #

      Thanks Jandi – I would agree with you but I think Stripes thinks she’s from refined royal decent instead (silly sausage!)

      • jandi April 3, 2014 at 3:41 am #

        Don’t all cats? ;-)

  2. Alison Reidy April 2, 2014 at 8:52 pm #

    They’re gorgeous shots Jo! Gorgeous kitty and fab photographer! Xx

    • JoanneReidy April 3, 2014 at 2:18 pm #

      Thanks Ally!

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