The Daily Post’s photo prompt for the week is Experimental. I have this older Nikkor lens, so old that it isn’t even made anymore. It’s a really good lens though, I just wish I could afford to fix it. I used it at Garden of the Gods and my camera slipped from my hand and it fell into the sand. Some got trapped behind the focus ring and now it makes this horrible grinding sound when you try to focus it. The photos aren’t nearly as sharp as they used to be, even if you try to avoid this sound by using it in auto mode. Sometimes even when using manual focus it looks sharp, but when you get it home… not so much.
The last time I went out with my camera, sadly, was about a month ago. (I’ve been busy and a little sick lately) I used this lens on this particular trip because I wanted to experiment with different settings in hopes to find a way to work this lens back into semi-regular usage.
I did very minimal editing to this photo so that you could see the outcome. I did brighten it a bit, because it was a little dark, I didn’t do anything else. Anyway, I like the shot, especially all the bokeh created by the tree canopy above, but most of the photos in this batch turned out like this one, just slightly off. That being said, this is one of the better ones in the batch. I took this shot using manual focus, which I know just further damages the lens…
I’m not sure if I’ll continue to try to use this lens or if I’ll pack it away again until I can see myself spending the cost of a new lens to fix it, but for now at least, I see this experiment as a failure. I have a batch of photos that maybe I can use under certain circumstances, but more than likely none of them, with the exception of this one and maybe a few others, will be seen by anyone other than me. I’m always my biggest critic but I am not happy with this batch of photos at all. It’s a shame too, because I could see the potential in each shot.