After a few hours trapped inside due to cold, rainy conditions, we finally forced the kids outside to tromp in the woods and play on the swing set. While they were out there, I took the opportunity to play with my zoom lens (a Nikon 55-200mm f4-5.6G ED AF-S DX Nikkor Zoom Lens, for those who care), a piece of equipment I’ve been having trouble mastering.

I just haven’t been happy with the photos I take with the lens – those I’ve taken have been kind of flat looking, the colors haven’t been very vibrant and when I really “zoom in” everything gets really fuzzy. All things, I discovered are pretty typical challenges when using this type of lens.

Yesterday, I started to hit my stride with the lens. I’m not really sure why, maybe it was the light (or lack of it) or maybe it was because I didn’t try to zoom to the point I could see up my child’s nose, but I was really happy with some of the images I captured, including this one of Sophie.

I also have to share this one because I keep telling Steve that if he continues to make those funny faces I will use the picture.

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6 Responses to Snapshot: Outside fun and my zoom lens

  1. I’m an action photographer (hobby, not profession) and love the photo’s you have been posting.

    If you are looking for a decorating idea.. I have about thirty photo’s, in all sizes, going up the back stairs. All action shots, in black frames with white matting. People LOVE walking up the stairs to see photo’s spanning twenty years of memories. You can change them up quickly, a fun look (and showing off your skill). :)

  2. JenD says:

    Kristin, please remind me – what’s your new camera??

  3. Kristin says:

    I’m using a Nikon D40.

  4. Kristin says:

    Mari – I love that idea!

  5. great shots, Kristin! Was that your hubby, making face? ha,ha.

  6. Shana says:

    Love it. I to am trying to master the different lens for my camera. I totally enjoy taking tons of pictures of my kids and every so often on turns out well. Love the show, keep up the fabulous work!