Cheap Lens Vignetting

Historic Buildings at Fort Casey

This is an example of the vignetting you get from a cheap lens. The same cheap 400mm reflex lens that I discussed on my last post (and from the same trip to Whidbey Island and Fort Casey). You tend to get some vignetting with any reflex lens due to design issues, but I was a little surprised at the amount I got in some of my images. I haven’t figured out why some images are more ‘severe’ than others, but there is some in most images. Vignetting can be intentionally added to some images to focus the viewers attention on the main subject. The image below shows how this might work … and is an example of cropping away a lot of the corner areas of the image to minimize the vignette.

Jefferson County Building Clock Tower

Finally, another couple shots from that trip that were cropped to eliminate most of the vignetting.

Point Wilson Lighthouse at Fort Worden
Fort Worden Historic Buildings

Pitchy Log End

Pitchy Log End

This tree fell across a trail this last winter and was cut out of the right of way. The pitch shows how/where there is sap/pitch flowing in the (former) trees interior. I didn’t realize that there was any flowing except in the layer right beneath the bark. Huh.

Deep Grass Patterns

Deep Grass Patterns

No, this isn’t my lawn. It’s in the meadow by the Chinese Gardens in Fort Worden State Park (Port Townsend, WA). Some of the patterns are from the wind (it’s near the beach and the wind seems to always be blowing). Some are from deer laying down at night.

I’m attracted to patterns in nature. This is a good example of the randomness you find.

River Otter

River Otter

I was walking along the beach at Fort Worden State Park (Port Townsend, WA) when a river otter came out of the water and climbed up onto the rocks in front of me. It seemed fairly unconcerned with my taking photos, but did keep watching me. Fine with me … eye contact is good.


Weathering 1

These were both taken at the Point Wilson LIghthouse at Fort Worden, Port Townsend, WA. The maintenance of the facility is volunteer and the salt air and exposure to all weather takes a toll on the buildings. I hope they can find a way to keep up the maintenance better than what they have now.

I liked the grasses in the image below.

Weathering 2

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