Dog or Simon David as he is known in a more professional context has hit 50 and has decided to hang up his boots. To still be turning out on a rugby pitch at age 50 is an achievement that should be recognised, recognised it certainly was as a full compliment of old boys dusted off their boots and took to the pitch for his final game. Dog even played along side his son in the centre at one point in the match. It was team sheet full of promise, although we wont mention the final score so as not to taint the glow of nostalgia...
As I had my camera with me I thought it right to capture few snaps of the historic day! I wish I had taken more in all honesty, it could have made a nice series if I had given it more thought and attention. I will state that I had my camera taken off me in a ploy to get me on the field of play and running around. It all looked a bit rough and I didn't fancy it, I cant take it these days.
What I was really doing whilst I was in my rugby kit pretending to warm up was playing with my new Fujinon 50-230mm Lens. With all the Fuji lens deals on recently it has been easy to pick them up at a fraction of what they should cost, I saw this one almost being given away so I thought I'd add it to the quiver. You never know when you might need a long lens. Its not a very fast lens and that would usually put me off, but I can't ever see myself using it in low light.
My impressions of the lens were great, especially considering the price, it was a bit strange having to change the aperture via the wheel button but I got used to it pretty quick. It seems sharp enough, although the photos here aren't super sharp I am sure with a bit of skill you'd get it lovely and crisp. I did notice a slight vignette when looking in post, although I really don't mind that as it helped me get the look i was going for! The fall off or Bokeh as its called is lovely, I cant actually fault it as a lens. Another bonus is it was nice and light too.
So lets have a look at my mini photo series. I thought I'd push these a little more than I feel comfortable with, I want to try getting some more contrasty and punchy black and whites so I had a play. I wanted to keep them all in the same world, a bit moody, using the shadows to add atmosphere. Considering process and colour for all 20 of these images took me about 30 minutes I am very happy with the results. You have to keep changing your style I think, or at least try a process with which you are not very comfortable, helps the creative process.
So with out any more waffling I present the photo series.
"The Dog Days are Over"
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