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Canine Portraits :)

Canine Portraits :)

I have been taking some pictures of parishioners for some church brochures we’re preparing, so I’ve set up a little makeshift studio in the basement of the parish hall where I can leave the lights etc. all set up and ready for whenever the people I need to photograph are available… so this evening I thought it might be fun to take some quick portraits of the girls πŸ™‚

Here is Holly…

And here is Faith…

They look adorable, but they really both need a bath so that their white parts are actually white πŸ˜‰ Maybe I’ll do this again after they’ve been washed!

Confirmation retreat…

Confirmation retreat…


… after a full day of teambuilding, high ropes, survival, and a campfire and s’mores by the lake, it’s time to wind down with a spooky movie: the annual showing of “The Village” πŸ™‚

Zenitar 16mm Fisheye

Zenitar 16mm Fisheye

I had a little surprise in the mail today… a lens arrived form Russia that I had pretty much forgotten I’d bought πŸ™‚

It’s an MC Zenitar-M2.8/16, a very wide-angle, manual 16mm Fisheye f/2.8-22 lens. It’s an old, Russian design, but I think they are actually still making them. I had bid on it way back at the beginning of the summer and won it for about $75 (including shipping!) and had promptly forgotten all about it.

Anyway, it arrived today- in the usual small, brown cardboard box, wrapped with tape with Cyrillic characters on it and a customs sticker from Saint Petersburg. Inside was a huge roll of bubble wrap swaddling the lens, which is in amazing shape! I think I lucked out with this one because it looks almost brand new- there is no case or anything other than the lens and the caps- but there are no scratches or marks on the glass, and the body is super clean. According to the serial number it was manufactured in 2018, and a website I found recommends getting one made before ’91 or after ’16, so I’m very happy πŸ™‚

Though I’d already been to the woods early this morning I decided to pop back (knowing the dogs wouldn’t complain) to put it through it’s paces. And it’s great! It’s going to take a little bit of getting used to as it has a 180 degree filed of view diagonally, but it certainly gives some nice results. It can be a little weird if you get too close in some situations, but it works surprisingly well as a macro lens (with my Pronto Pro adapter) too, and it really gives you quite a unique perspective…

All in all, a very nice addition to my arsenal- and a very nice surprise today!

Late summer sun in the woods

Late summer sun in the woods

Even though I’ve still got some pictures from England to work through (albums to come soon- promise!), it was such a lovely day today that I couldn’t resist grabbing my A7iii, Fotodiox Pronto Pro adapter, and Helios 44-m 58mm lens and taking them to the woods this afternoon πŸ™‚