I took the 105mm and the 50mm for a spin and got these shots. Some of the simplest things are the most beautiful.
I was recently able to splurge and get the lens I’ve been pining over for the past 6 months.
The Nikon 105mm f/2 DC!
This is one of Nikon’s best portrait lenses and is said to be their sharpest 105mm.
But besides that, it has a very unique feature called “Defocus Control”, that’s where the DC comes from. This has often been misunderstood as a soft focus lens, but in fact it’s quite the opposite. When used properly, your subject stays in focus and the background is enhanced with the best, amazing, creamy bokeh that you’ve ever dreamt of!
I really like bokeh. So naturally I wanted this lens.
I’ve been able to practice shooting with it over the past week and have been really impressed with the results.
I think the most impressive thing is the color and clarity that is possible.
Here is a little gallery of some of my favorites from this past week.
These are the JPGs straight from the camera. No edits, just resized.
Please click on the picture to see the full resolution.
I am looking forward to doing some actual portrait sessions with this lens. Hopefully the weather turns around soon! I’m ready for green grass, leaves and spring flowers!
This past weekend I was able to escape for a couple nights for the annual Washington Island trip with the horses. This year, Sofie and I decided that we were really curious about Rock Island and wanted to spend a little time discovering it. We were able to catch the noon ferry ride over and hiked around for a couple hours trying to soak it all in.
Cars aren’t allowed on the island, or bikes. So we walked with the other tourists that were enjoying the beautiful day. There is a campground on the island, and I would actually like to camp there sometime. They are primitive sites, but it would be an awesome adventure.
Here are a few pictures that I took during my short visit. I’d like to go back, and am trying to convince Adam that a night in October would be perfect (fall colors? yes please).
I hope you enjoy these pictures. It wasn’t the best time to shoot since the sun was shining high, but I think you’ll get a flavor of what the island is like. Please click on the picture for a better view.
In this one I also had the foreground flowers move with the bee. I like the effect it gives.
I wish the quality was a little better, but since I am working with a GIF, I can’t expect much. It’s still fun though!
I first saw this technique of blending a still photo and video sometime last year from Jamie Beck & Kevin Burg (see their amazing work HERE).
I was mesmerized.
For some reason I didn’t think I’d be able to create one. I probably didn’t really feel like sitting down and learning about it.
Today I did!
Last night as I laid in bed, I was trying to figure out what I would shoot as my subject. I decided that a bee on a flower would be great for a first time go at it. I took several videos and if I have time later I may post a few more for fun.
So what do you think of it? I’d like to learn how to easily adjust the colors.. this is straight from the camera.
Thanks for looking!
After I got home, I was confused as to what kind of bird it was. After a little investigation, I found it to be a Savannah Sparrow. I’ve never heard of one before, so I was happy to discover him today. I’m sure I’ve heard his delightful song hundreds of times while at the barn, and now I can put a name to the song.