Something happened to me that hasn't happened to me in a very, very long while: I got blurry pictures. I admit it, I just wasn't used to my new camera yet and I paid the price with 150 or so blurry pictures of bicyclists.
In an attempt to make sure this didn't happen again, I went for a walk on Sunday to get better acquainted with my new toy.
As I said to someone Monday, the sky was so perfectly blue it would have been a crime not to take advantage of the opportunity. I grabbed my camera bag and headed down to the Mall.
The result was the most pictures I've ever taken in such a short period of time. More than 400, 408 to be exact. (Four hundred and nine if you count the accidental picture I took of the ground when my finger hit the vertical release.) By comparison, during 10 days in Ireland, I shot 35 or so rolls of 36-exposure film, or about 1,200 pictures.
Some of the things I was trying to do was learn how, again, to play with exposures and lighting and all that. I think I'm getting the hang of it now. For example, the next two shots were taken with the same "film speed," ISO 100, but this one was shot at 1/640 of a second:
While this one was taken at just 1/10 of a second. Kind of a neat difference in effect the water makes, eh?
I won't bore you with more technical details of the pictures, I just hope you like them.
I've always liked this sculpture, there's just something about it. One funny, though, the sculptor really must have liked it since there's one exactly like it on O'Connell Street in Dublin.
As part of my stroll, I took a few moments to walk through the Botanical Gardens' outdoor space. If you're looking for a place to take a date, not a first date of course, this isn't a bad choice.