Dried Buds

Dried blooms.

This photograph was shot in blustery wind, at 1/250, f2.8, at an absurd ISO of 1250.


Look at the gorgeous dove-greys, the pale and tender blues, the creamy bokeh, and the crispness of the dried buds. This, my friends, is what a fantastic lens can do for you.

This is a lens with character. Never mind its technical specifications or the fancy-pants name. This lens was designed for photographers, not for technicians. It has soul.

Despite my moaning about the disappointing orchid show and the frustrating weather, when I’ve reviewed the pictures I’ve taken in these less-than-optimal circumstances, I’ve nevertheless discovered many of them to have unexpectedly delightful qualities.

Unlike my wonderful standard 20mm f1.7 pancake lens, this one doesn’t just give you what you expect, with excellence. This lens adds something dreamy yet true of its own. I am learning how this lens translates the world, how it handles color and contrast and focus.

Yes folks, I’m confessing: I bought it. And I couldn’t be more thrilled.

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2 Responses to Dried Buds
  1. memphis mojo
    February 16, 2011 | 1:56 pm

    Glad you like your new lens.

    You photos are great, but your write-ups even better. Fun to read.

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