Excitement at the Haig (Park, that is)

Early morning photographic adventure in Canberra’s Haig Park. Do not believe anyone that says this park is boring. Creepy: yes. Boring: no.

I was always planning to get up early ... but not quite this early. The alarm clock was still set from the previous person in my room ... for 5am ... on a sunday. Ouch.

I was always planning to get up early … but not quite this early. The alarm clock was still set from the previous person in my room … for 5am … on a sunday. Ouch.

Quick cup of tea before we get on the way

Quick cup of tea before we get on the way

sunny park bench in Haig Park (i've never seen anyone sit on these, but they make for great photos)

Sunny park bench in the northern (aka ‘creepy’) end of Haig Park. I’ve never seen anyone sit on these, but they make for great photos)

Salute to the sun, Canberra-style.

Salute to the sun, Canberra-style.

Comforting to see that the tradition of cracking the goon in Canberra's parks is alive and well.

Comforting to see that the tradition of cracking the goon in Canberra’s parks is alive and well.

This is Andrew. You wont be surprised Andrew could hardly stand (have a look at his bloodshot eyes). Through slurred words, Andrew introduced himself to me and asked me if I wanted to take his photo! Of course I said yes.

This is Andrew. You wont be surprised Andrew could hardly stand (have a look at his bloodshot eyes). Through slurred words, Andrew introduced himself to me and asked me if I wanted to take his photo! Of course I said yes. I am constantly surprised at the experiences I have when I have my camera in hand.

Dappled light through the trees

Dappled light through the trees

Using my little 50mm lens at f1.8, and some sun flare

Looking up through the pine trees – this is with the little 50mm lens at f1.8, and some sun flare

As I was taking this photo (lying flat on the ground) a very kind lady asked me if I was sick. I think that says a lot about who hangs out in this park on a sunday morning

As I was taking this photo (lying flat on the ground) a very kind lady asked me if I was sick. I think that says a lot about who hangs out in this park on a Sunday morning

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13 thoughts on “Excitement at the Haig (Park, that is)

    • Why thanks! Yes, Andrew was a real character. I like the effect of the 50mm, but the focus mechanism is pretty average, it does a lot of hunting and drives me nuts but wide open have to be really careful with the manual focus so that’s not the best option either. that said, i love how light it is, sot that’s a plus. I’ve tried the f1.4 before and it wasnt that much better, I’d love the f1.2 but it’s a fair way down the list of things to get. Think 24-70 f2.8 will be next, I love that lens. What is your sigma that you’re having a love affair with?

      • It’s a Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM – I love it, despite the fact it can be a pain to focus, and sometimes I think the focal point is slightly off…but when it’s good, it’s good, and is fine for my amateur snaps! I’d love to get a wider angle lens though, I feel like this one is much better up close than for landscape stuff.

  1. mmm. f1.4. delicious. Are you using it on a crop sensor? My 50mm on the 60D is not a true 50mm, it’s x by 1.6, so that makes it 80mm in ‘real’ terms. Oh lenses, you’re killing my bank balance 😦

  2. What fabulous photographs you have there, and I particularly love Andrews
    s’ blood shot eyes!!
    By the way, thanks for dropping by my blog, and actually leaving a comment!

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