No pictures this time, just an update and a bit of a gripe!
All was well for about the first 15 minutes of shooting with my new 50mm lens when all of a sudden the auto-focus stopped working. I though it might have been because I didn't fit it properly or maybe the battery was needing recharged. But after a closer inspection it was fairly obvious that there was something seriously wrong with the lens itself. If I sort of turned the focus ring while semi pressing the shutter release it would intermittently work so I knew it would have to go back.
My first mistake was to give feedback on eBay soon as I received the lens and fitted it to the camera. Everything was in working order so I confirmed this in the feedback then it all went pear-shaped. I've contacted the seller five times since receiving the lens but nothing has come in return. I think I'm going to have to contact eBay directly or write the company a letter. Either way, I'm stuck with a 50mm with no auto-focus.....(I guess this is a good time to work on my manual focusing skills).
Anyway, the good news is that You Say You Say Tiger are playing another gig this Thursday in The Pavilion on the Ormeau Road and they've asked if I could go back and shoot the gig again. I'm well up for it because it's going to give me the chance to make up for the mistakes and things I've learnt from the last time. Also, they are wanting some promotional shots taken before the gig, which means I'll have a few more pictures to put towards a portfolio.
I suppose the only other thing coming up is our trip to Rome. I've never been before so I'm well excited, and I'm sure I'll take some shots while I'm away, but I don't think it's going to be a 'photographic' holiday as such. Just a bit of R&R I think. Still, the obligatory 'self portrait at arms lenght' will definitely be captured!