I’ve been playing with my 50mm lens this week. This is a photo of a dogwood tree’s pretty berries. Mom and I noticed, during one of our morning coffee breaks on the front porch, that the trees don’t have a ton of berries this year. But I found a couple of pretty clusters to photograph.
Here’s what I like about the Nikon 50mm 1.8D lens – The color and crispness seems to be exaggerated. It is a lot easier to achieve that blurred background that looks so nice with portrait type photography.
As much as I love that crisp, saturated color in the first photo…I struggled with it while trying to photograph these measuring spoons. Side note – aren’t they adorable??? My girlfriend Susan gave them to me for my birthday.
These photos were taken without a flash, but you wouldn’t know it. The lens even captures the dents and scratches in my table. I say those give my table “character”, it’s what makes it feel like home. This table was the very first thing I ever bought myself. I had a tiny little 1 bedroom apartment soon after graduating from college. I had hand-me-down furniture from my parents, for which I was extremely grateful. Along with a brand new couch they gave me as a graduation gift. But I didn’t have a table and chairs. I bought the table for $75, and I am very attached to it. I love that I can see impressions where I used to sign my checks, scratches received during moves from home to home, a little sun fade where it has sat soaking up the rays year after year.
So while I don’t love these photos of the spoons, because they don’t do justice to how pretty they are, I appreciate the detail in the wood. But I have really been challenged by how to manage this new ability to capture detail in a photo. Too much detail is distracting, too vivid… it’s like the first time I watched the news in High Definition and thought… wow, that weather lady should really rethink the caked on make up.
How’s that for a random photo? I was drying sheets outside and saw this little bug resting his wings on my lovely, clean sheet. Vamanos bug! But wait, let me photograph you first… I wanted to see how much detail I could capture. Pretty impressive that I can even seen the veins in his wings. And then he had to go, fly away little bug.
Of course there are also lots of images like this one… Why can’t dogs understand that they’re supposed to sit still while I’m taking their photo? Nigel does WAY better than Nash. He would argue that it’s because he has superior intellect, but we all know it’s just because he is a little lazy. Sorry Nigel, I must speak the truth.
Thank you for enduring my 50mm trial and error. I hope that you all have a fabulous Saturday. I am going in for work day number 2, yay!