Enjoying the Sunshine

Enjoying the Sunshine (1516)

Over the Easter break I’ve taken the opportunity to start processing photos from recent outings. There’s still a number of photos to work on, and some outings where I haven’t even started. Today’s photo is from a visit to Winkworth arboretum, almost a month ago. It was still too early for the spring flowers, but the sun was out, and the grass was green, so what more could one want?

I was visiting with a few others from the Photographic Society, so some talk about gear was inevitable. Now I like gear as much as the next guy, but I also generally avoid talking about it. Too much of this talk falls into one of two categories: a) people who would rather talk about gear than shoot, and b) people who think that their photography is held back only because they don’t have that particular lens / camera / whatever. I don’t sympathise with either category; in the first case, I think it simply defeats the purpose of photography, while in the second the problem is generally some form of user error.

In any case, on this day the talk was not pointless. I was interested in the cinema lens that one of my fellow PhotoSoc members had with them, and was also lucky enough to try it out. Specifically, this was the Samyang 85mm T1.5 with Canon mount; it’s a manual-focus lens with continuous aperture adjustment. The lens was a joy to use, and the cost is a pleasant surprise.

I took this photo handheld as a single exposure. It took some effort to get proper focus as the depth of field is so shallow. But being a cinema lens, the focus ring travels a considerable distance, allowing fine adjustment. Post processing was minimal, just the usual curves layer to adjust contrast and exposure.

Click on the photo for a larger version; comments welcome, as always.


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