Saturday, November 12, 2011

Taking the new lens on a ride

Battered
I liked the interplay between the colors of this battered old truck and the landscape. My favorite birthday elf picked up on my interest in the 35mm f/1.8 DX Nikkor lens for my D90, and I've been playing with it. Nice to be shooting with a "normal" prime for a crop-sensor DSLR (the lens is equivalent to a 52mm on a full frame sensor). One of its nice features is that the fast aperture means the camera focuses more quickly and positively in Live View, without endless aimless focus-seeking -- handy for photography at the wheel.

For many years as a film photographer, a normal lens was all I used (ranging from 45 to 52mm depending on the camera), In many ways, photography then was more about what my eye saw rather than what a collection of zooms and other lenses saw. Nice to try it out again.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Late Afternoon Walk Along Lake Michigan at Kohler-Andrae State Park

Late Afternoon Walk Along Lake Michigan at Kohler-Andrae State Park
We had Kohler-Andrae almost to ourselves yesterday for our late afternoon walk. Quiet and serene. The late afternoon sun slanting from the west turned the grasses along the dunes into golden flame. We were fortunate to see the park's little herd of deer, including a doe looking out over the crest of a dune at Lake Michigan. Later, as we walked along the beach we saw lots of deer tracks. They seemed to have been gamboling at the water's edge. Wish we had seen them.

Monday, November 07, 2011

Return to Standard Time

Return to Standard Time
What a difference an hour makes. The sun sets a lot earlier, and the darkness seems darker.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Goodbye, Autumn's Golden Glory

Goodbye, Autumn's Golden Glory
Now that it's November, not many afternoons like this left. Wingra Park, Madison.

I made a lot of exposures with a 200mm lens trying different focal points in the slanting light of a windy late afternoon. This is one in which the combination of sharply focused leaves and out-of-focus leaves and grasses seemed to perfectly suggest that windy, autumnal rustle of the last leaves blowing away.