Last night after work, during the late afternoon golden hour, I meandered around Fitler Square taking pictures of the blossoming trees. I was using a film camera (loaded with black and white, of course!) with a manual-focus telephoto lens (135mm). So far I've been using this camera mostly with a 50mm lens, but now with the telephoto on the camera, I discovered what a huge advancement auto-focus is! I could hardly hold the camera steady enough while I tried to twist the lens and get the scene perfectly in focus.
I spent so long focusing on a tree (which, just to make things interesting, was itself swaying in the breeze) that some kids who were playing nearby came and stood next to me and held their hands up to their faces as if they were holding cameras and they scrunched up their eyes to look through the pretend viewfinder. I asked the one closest to me who had been the one to start doing this whether he was taking pictures too and he shrugged and said he guessed so and then ran off.
Later that night I felt a strange tingling in the sides of my hands, and I eventually figured out that it was because of the tension in my hands from earlier when I was trying to hold the camera so steady. (Yes, I admit it, my hands are totally out of shape.)
Anyway, it was great fun to use this camera and I can't wait to see what the pictures look like. I finally finished off this roll of 36 exposures, so now I have to get them processed. Even though I'm used to the instant gratification of photos from my digital camera, I really don't mind the waiting. But I have to say that one great advancement in photography that I now really, really appreciate is auto focus.