Happiness is a new lens

I wrote a post today already but I can't help it. I just have to share my happiness with my new lens. The last big splurge arrived today, my new Nikkor 50 mm f/1.4. Simply put this lens has a very large aperture which lets more light into my camera. More light means faster shutter speeds in lower light conditions (faster shutter speeds are better since the picture is sharper, less blurry). A wide open aperture (the lower the f stop the bigger the aperture - go figure) also creates shallow depth of field (focal point in focus, everything else fuzzy). I go weak in the knees for shallow depth of field photos.

Ok, enough speak. Here are some photos with my new lens.

My absolute favorite is the grass against the sunset. I took that tonight at the farm.

I like this photo of the books too, not because it's the greatest photo (every photographer and their dog has a shallow DoF book shot) but because these were Laurent's bedtime books from last night. Let's see a little poetry, American history, classic children's stories, a library book called Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf and some outdated Time Life books on Reptiles and Plants. Funny thing is he can't "read" yet. Man, I love that kid.

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  • Kirsten

    Kirsten on Sept. 19, 2008, 5:31 a.m.

    WOo HOoo! New lenses are so fun! You're .4 better than me! Was your book shot wide open? (listen to me talking all photographer like!) Enjoy! p.s. love the collage of the tramp (trampoline, that is!)


    • renee

      renee on Sept. 19, 2008, 12:04 p.m.

      wide open - yes I think so. And it's really not that great, the more I look at it the less I like it. Too much fuzz. Oh, and we do have a trampoline but no trampoline collages.

      Take care, Renee


  • Kirsten

    Kirsten on Sept. 19, 2008, 5:35 a.m.

    Akk! I'm getting my photo/blogs mixed up...you don't have a trampoline (well maybe you do, but that's not what I was talking about)! Still, congrats on the new lens (which was really why I was posting anyway!)


  • Irina

    Irina on Sept. 21, 2008, 4:52 a.m.

    oh congratulations! that's actually what i will really need the next saturday... my friend's band will take part in this rock fest, and he asked me to take some photos... and oh i wish my apperture could be so wide open :) i do think your lense is great... just it's for when you want the photo fuzzy :D by the way, that photo of books looks like you applied soft focus effect a lot, i know you didn't, but did you get it by just setting apperture to 1.4?


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