Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/640 sec, f/2.5, ISO 280 — map & image data — nearby photos
Kyoto Japan, Spring 2011
What a week it's been. I took more photos today than in the first three months of the year combined, and this is after a ramp-up in activity at the start of the month due to the cherry blossoms and then a highly photogenic three day family trip followed by a fun photographically-friendly play date for Anthony. Suffice to say I've built up a new backlog on top of my old one, but it's sure a nice problem to have.
So today I went to the preschool/kindergarten entrance ceremony for my friend Britto's boy, to snap some photos..... he's an accomplished photographer, but wanted to actually participate. When checking the map to see how I'd get to the school, I noticed that it was in an area littered with temples, some very big, but all of which I'd never visited, so after the school event I went wandering with the camera, and four hours and as many hundred photos later, I made my exhausted but satisfied way home, only to find myself inexorably drawn to the cherry blossoms by the river outside, so despite wanting to actually get some work done, I spent another half an hour in the fading light with the camera, leaving only when it became clear that this sentence's length was approaching the theoretical physical limit.
I have only just begun to scan today's take, but wanted to post something today, so here are a few low-hanging fruit, so to speak.
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/1000 sec, f/2.5, ISO 200 — map & image data — nearby photos
As has been my habit of late, I worked only with primes (24mm, 50mm, and 125mm, changing lenses at least 65 times throughout the day), but 75% of my shots were with the Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5. I'm really digging this lens. It doesn't have internal focusing, so I wouldn't use it in the rain, so I'm glad the all-night rain stopped just in time for today's outing.
It's not so good for “establishing shots”, so for the tree with those blossoms, I switched to the 24mm...
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 @ 24 mm — 1/2000 sec, f/1.4, ISO 200 — map & image data — nearby photos
.. but since that first shot wasn't at full 1:1 macro, I felt drawn to give it a try at full zoom...
If I'm going to try these kind of shots I really should use a tripod and something to hold the branch still, but as it is (freestanding while the wind knocks the branch all over) it's hit or miss whether I get what I'm going for. I fired off a bunch of shots, so when I have more time I'll have to see whether I got something better than this one.
Like I say, I really should use a tripod, but I'm more of a seat-of-the-pants photographer, and tripods are rarely allowed on temple grounds anyway.
It's not just the cherry blossoms that are pretty now. The momiji maple is spring-green fresh...
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 250 — map & image data — nearby photos
Momiji always feel crisp and fresh in the spring. I like it.
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/640 sec, f/2.5, ISO 200 — map & image data — nearby photos
I like it.
At one point I came across a large blossom that looked more like a flower... the most perfect, unique flower....
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/640 sec, f/2.5, ISO 560 — map & image data — nearby photos
The best thing about this perfect, unique, one-of-a-kind flower is that there was a whole tree of them!
Okay, so I'm joking about unique, but they were sure pretty. If anyone knows what they are (Peter? Mom?), I'd appreciate to hear.
They're a bit difficult to see in the photo above (they're all in the upper half of the photo), and they were a bit difficult to photograph as well: there's the problems I mentioned before about lack of a tripod and an excess of wind, compounded in this case by having to stand on my tippytoes to reach them.
Anyway, these are just a few photos from one early area of my walk, so I'm sure today's outings will yield a dozen posts, if I ever find time to chip away at my photo backlog....