One A Day – 660
Trumpet Flower Plays in Soft Light
Time to Rise
By the Bunch
- Centro, Morelia, Michoacán, México
- June 24, 2015
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In many ways, this post is a bit of a triumph. I wasn’t in a very good mood when I shot these. I had to push myself out the door to make it happen. I’m glad I did. I didn’t think these photos would be all that good at the time. I’m quite happy with them now.
The other point is all of these were taken with my Sigma telephoto which can handle macro closeups. Technically, the 18-250 focal length is a compromise. It spans one end of my super wide, my normal and gives me a very respectable telephoto as well as a macro lens. Looking at reviews, there were mentions it was not as sharp as could be and hints of other flaws. But, a lens with better characteristics would cost many times more and I couldn’t justify that kind of expense. I don’t shoot with it as much as I probably should, as these photos show. It has a very nice bokeh, good color rendition, and contrast. The faults, in my experience, are a fast fall off in low light and a tendency to punch the highlights a bit. I can take care of the highlight prominence – I have plenty of range in RAW so I can bring the highlights back where I want them to be. The low light performance is a point where I could only do better by spending a lot of money. I just need to shoot in situations where I have more ambient light as often as I can. You can see the performance in these photos. “Time to Rise” has some very fine spider webs you can see. I was shooting at 1/100 sec, f/8, and ISO 400 with the lens extended to 180mm. I used a monopod, not a tripod. If there was any loss of sharpness, I can’t detect it.