Squirrel Vignette

Squirrel VignetteSquirrel Vignette
CameraSony DSC-F828
Exposure Modeauto
Focal Length50.3mm
Exposure1/80 sec.
ISO Speed64
You may remember when I bought the Raynox DCR-2025PRO I mentioned that I had to use the camera at the maximum zoom otherwise the photos suffered from quite serious vignetting. Well there is only one problem; taking the lens off actually takes some time. When we visited Potteric Carr I found this was actually quite a serious problem.

Wildlife has a nasty habit of not holding still or appearing where you want it to. From one of the hides at Potteric Carr I was trying to photograph both small birds on the feeders and a pheasant and squirrel that were walking about just in front of the hide. I needed the extra lens to photograph the small birds but didn't have the time or the patience to keep taking it on and off to try and photograph the squirrel. So in the end I just took some photos at the lowest zoom I could manage with the lens attached. These are x15.4 zoom from the x7 optical zoom of the camera and the x2.2 multiplier of the Raynox lens. The problem though is the vignetting that occurs. Fortunately in this photo I actually quite like the effect. I'm not sure if this will be a useful technique for other types of scene but knowing I can produce this effect without relying on a computer is nice.


Scriptor Senex said...

I agree - it can be quite effective - but a great nuisance when you don't want it. I suppose if there isn't time to change lenses you'd just have to hope that the centre - cropped - would look OK; as it probably would have done here.

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