Study or Photography?

I’ve spent the last little while studying for final examinations. I have only 4 this semester, but with it being the last semester that grad schools will be able to see, I’m hoping it’ll be a good set. I usually have a hard time sitting down to study for extended periods of time without getting distracted by this or that; case in point, while reviewing logical effort for ECE 438, I had my D90 by my side, staring at me through its Tamron 17-50mm lens. Oh yeah! Remember that debacle with Nikon repair? Well, Canada Post didn’t know where my camera was either, so imagine my surprise when I received both a call from Canada Post regarding the ‘lost’ package and a repaired camera back from Nikon. Oh well. I’m just content that my camera is back in my possession, with the burnt pixel mapped out of existence.

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I had to run an errand Sunday evening, and during the drive back home, I took a wrong turn and found myself amongst the high-rise hotels down by the Falls (the Niagara ones). Being Sunday, I remembered there would be fireworks later that night. I promised myself a small reward for some more studying. I’d hike down with the tripod and set up for some fireworks photography.

Bright lights

Upon further reflection, this was my first attempt at photographing fireworks, and the 5-odd minutes they went off for wasn’t quite enough time to adjust for some amateur mistakes. I arrived a bit too late and wasn’t able to set up the tripod in the best of locations. (The ground was really uneven.) To top it off, the place was infested with some sort of flying insect. They were crawling all over me, as I waited the few minutes before the fireworks started, and through them, too. Oh, and I started off using the camera shutter release, until I realized it was causing some camera shake. I quickly attached a remote shutter release cable midway through the performance. The photos after that turned out significantly better. After the fireworks were over, I walked a ways down down the street for a shot of the skyline. As any visitor (or inhabitant) of Niagara Falls knows, there’s very little behind the wall of lights by the Falls. Looks can be deceiving.

Niagara Falls at night

That’s about it, for the past few days. I also went out early Monday and picked up new Nikon 35mm f/1.8 AF-S from Best Buy. Now, I know what you’re thinking – Best Buy? Well, they sell a few Nikon lenses, and after combining a 10% off sale and some coupons, I was able to walk out of the store, short only about $268 (CAD) all told, and up a 35mm prime. It’s been on my D90 since. First impression: it’s a much nicer focal length on the DX crop body than the 50mm f/1.8D.

2 thoughts on “Study or Photography?”

  1. Congrats on the new lens! I’m pretty sure you’ll love it. (My Sigma 30mm f/1.4 has been on my camera the majority of the time.)

    I hope you get a few chances to take some more photos with it soon.

  2. Yeah, it feels like a fantastic focal length on the cropped body. I’m in exam study mode, but right after they’re done, I’m planning a photo excursion to Stratford, Ontario. The 35mm will get used quite a bit I’m certain.

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