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The Muffed Target #14

Thom has taken over Gattina’s meme invention, Muffed Target Photo Meme. The idea is to share our photos that didn’t turn out. Come on, you know we all have them! You share yours and I’ll share mine!

I have a new macro lens. I have yet to figure out how to use it. I took this photo in broad daylight. That is a rust covered silver diary key. I found it on the ground and placed it on the hood of my gold car for this shot. Why is it so dark? Why is there no color? Why is there no focus? Yes, my light meter and f-stop were set for the conditions at hand — unless the lens itself changes those factors. If so, how?


    1. Nicole – -it pretty much has to be ISO, doesn’t it? But the settings were right for the light before I put the lens on.

      1. Most likely a mix of ISO, Apt / exposure mix.
        Something def. went haywire.
        I had one like that yesterday and it was ISO / exposure screw up.

  1. Bwahahaha that’s something I could do without the aid of a lens. Of course this couldn’t be operator error. Thanks for playing Q. Much appreciated.

    1. Thom — I am reasonably certain it is because the operator doesn’t know how to work the damn thing and it didn’t come with a manual!

      1. What lens is it?
        You don’t really need a manual for a lens, do you?
        (With ‘you’ I mean in general, not you personally)

  2. Very strange. If I couldn’t see the silhouette of the silver key, it almost looks like you had forgotten to take of the camera lens cover. Great Muffed Target. Have a wonderful week.

    1. Rosidah — my cover is solid black. Plus, my camera won’t take a pic when the lens cap is on. If you can’t see the tiny silver key you might want to adjust your monitor.

  3. Actually, it’s kind of a cool shot in a monster movie kind of way. 😉
    I wish I had your problem. Mine’s a point and shoot variety.

  4. Obviously a case of DLP (demonic lens possession — happens to me *all* the time) — but the photo’s pretty cool in spite of the weird color thing going on.

    What is it about rusty old keys? (and why am I wanting to read that diary….?)

  5. If there’s one thing I know Quilly, it is this… YOU will get it figured out! In the meantime… it made a great muffed shot!

    1. Melli — I may get it figured out. I have put the dang thing in my purse and it could be weeks before it surfaces again ….

  6. basically, it’s a cool shot. it could use a bit more light, though, and that bottom line puzzles me.

    my first guess was ISO too, but then i thought, does the lens have a manual/auto switch? was it set correctly? is the lens fully compatible with the camera, ie can it connect to the camera and read its settings?

    1. Polona — as I told Nicole, the line came from the upload and isn’t on the original photo. I purchased this lens because it is supposedly an attachment for my 55-200mm lens. When I put it on my 55-200mm lens and try to auto focus, the camera freaks! Lots of buzzing and attempts to adjust and no focus.

      Next I set the picture up without the lens, put the lens back on the camera and used manual focus. This is what I got.

  7. i don’t see a problem in focussing – shallow DOF is normal in close ups. it’s as if the light sensor had it all wrong

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