Nikon D4 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/800 sec, f/2.5, ISO 160 — map & image data — nearby photos
straight out of the camera
It's been a busy week. As I mentioned in my previous post, we took a weekend trip to Aomori in the far north of Japan's main island, and on the way home I came down with a cold. I'm finally feeling better today.
While driving around the mountainous coast of the far northwest corner of Japan's main island, I came across a tree full of beautiful Japanese camellia (otometsubaki · 乙女椿). They're not difficult to find, but pristine examples within easy reach and not molested by wind are a bit more difficult. I've gotten decent photos on only one other occasion, mentioned in “An Amazing Day of Photography at Some Eastern-Kyoto Temples” and in a followup some time later.
I haven't gone through the photos from the Aomori trip yet, but this one caught my eye while loading them into Lightroom. Maybe the bokeh isn't everyone's cup of tea, but I like this kind of shot so much (the sharp edge of the petals diffusing away into a milky blur) that I lead my blog post about the lens that took it with a similar shot taken that first time I got nice photos of a camellia.
The flower is remarkably beautiful in a Disney princess kind of way, but this shot is dark and brooding because it's underexposed, because I was stuck trying a new kind of lens CPU that gives the same wildly-erratic exposure problems that the first kind of lens CPU that I tired gave me. Sigh.
Anyway, I set the proper white balance, and applied the slight crop needed to make this desktop-background version, and here we go. Otherwise, it's just as imported into Lightroom.
I have a bazillion other photos of the same flower, so I'm sure at least a couple more will find there way to my blog sooner or later.