With April comes April weather - unpredictable and ever changing. The weather report the other day said clear blue skies, but on the other side of my window rain hammered down from a black sky. The weekend gave way to a variation of sun, showers, sleet and hail.

Percipitation is, most of the time, not ideal for photography.

For a few weeks I've been learning a lot about photography with flashes, studio photography, and portrait photography. And there really is tons more to learn. I'm glad there's so much great info and so many good tutorials available on YouTube, made by professional photographers like Zack Arias and Jared Polin. I've got most of the essentials setup for a home studio now, but am still waiting for some flash triggers to be delivered.

One important aspect of photography is patience. A lot of the time you need to wait out the shot until it happens. I was taking a walk today, with my camera, at around dinner time when the sun was getting low and golden. Some (or a lot) of hail had fallen just before, and I had a pretty clear idea of what kind of photo I was looking for. When I started the walk the sun was out and was making some really great colors in the environment, but after a short while things got pretty overcast. After a bit of walking I decided to turn back, but as I did I saw just the type of image I was looking for, next to a bridge. So I took out my Sony a6000 and started looking for a good setup and angle to get the type of shot I wanted. And then waited, taking the odd picture here and there.

On my camera I had fitted an old M42 lens - a Carl Zeiss Jena 135mm, built in East Germany in the 1970s. Since my Sony a6000 has a crop factor of 1.5, that makes this lens effectivaly about 202mm. This would make it easier to blur out the background and also get a compressed look.

Finally the sun broke through and I tried to be quick about getting the shot before the cloudy weather set in again. I took shots from several angles and checked that I got the focus right before moving on to the next. This is something I've been sloppy about doing in the past, and have lost a lot of shots that way.

Here's a low resolution version of the photo I took:

I think it turned out alright. And nice to see that a forty year old lens can perform so well.