Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 at f/2, 1/2000 sec, ISO 200 — map & image data — nearby photos
Tokyo Midtown, Tokyo Japan
In “Kyoto's Souren-ji Temple at f/1.2” the other day, I shared some ultra-thin-depth-of-field shots taken with a 50mm f/1.2 lens. A thin depth of field can be distracting, or it can make for a great effect — one that I'm quite partial to — but I didn't think the shots on that post were all that strong... just odd/different (and colorful).
So, for today's post, I was thinking to share some better examples, but I ran out of time to do the writeup I wanted, so instead I'll just share a couple of cute shots that happen to have a pretty thin depth of field, taken a couple of years ago with a Nikkor 300mm f/2 lens, at f/2, an hour and a half after I first got it.
The photo above, taken free-standing while hand-holding the 8kg (18lb) lens, was taken one second before the following shot....
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 300mm f/2 at f/2 cropped, 1/2000 sec, ISO 200 — map & image data — nearby photos
That's actually a crop from a larger original that appeared at the time on “Street Photography (Sort of) In Roppongi Hills”.
The girl is slightly out of focus, but the bird's eye is dead on. It's completely lucky, of course, as I wasn't in shape and had no experience with the lens, but I'll take it. It's one of my favorite photos.
20 minutes later a similar scene looked to unfold...
... but the bird flew off much quicker, apparently having learned his lesson.