Thank you everyone for your wonderful birthday wishes, I had a great day! It started with lovely cards from my family and a special gift from Mr. Tide. He bought me a teleconverter for my big lens. It is a special piece of equipment that can give your lens even more range, so it's great for trying to capture wildlife or things that are far, far away.
I slapped that puppy on just as soon as I could unwrap it and get it out of the box. But there was a slight problem, it wouldn't work unless you were using manual focus. This particular teleconverter overrides the auto focus feature on my camera. Now that wouldn't be a problem except that the whole point of extending my telephoto lens was so that I could capture better shots of wildlife, like eagles, swans, herons, etc.
All of those feathered friends I just mentioned aren't too keen on just sitting still and posing for portraits. They are constantly moving, even if it's just a tiny head movement, so trying to use manual focus on something that is forever in motion just doesn't work. And on today's digital cameras there isn't even a really great way to make sure you have sharp focus. Remember on old film cameras when you could line up the two halves of the circle to make sure you were in focus...well those days are gone! I would like to say that I can see as well as I did 20 years ago, especially for distance stuff, but the truth is I can't, so even on things that were sitting stock still I couldn't get a nice sharp photo.
That meant that the only present Mr. Tide had gotten me for my birthday was heading back from whence it came. I was fine with it, but he was really bummed. It all worked out in the end though, and I ended up getting a few other lovelies to make up for it which I will show you soon. In the meantime, I am back to long distance shots of eagles...these two were in my neighbor's tree today and I'm pretty sure I overheard them snickering about my eyesight and the fact that my teleconverter didn't work according to plan.
And another little hiccup of late, the winners of my last giveaway, I know you think I have forgotten you and left you in the lurch. While I was sitting here thinking your photos were winging their way to your respective homes I got a little shock on Saturday when the mail was delivered. I had carefully entered your addresses into the website of the place where I get prints made, only to have forgotten to click the "drop ship" button on each one. So that means that it defers to my address as the default address...huge sigh! So, your photos are all at my house and not with you...another huge sigh! I braved Walmart (have I mentioned how much I hate Walmart?!) and bought some photo mailers so that I can get them in the mail by early this week.
Sometimes life just doesn't go according to plan I tell ya! But hey, no one died, so it's all good in the end!