Summer keeps on a-rollin’ in the bluegrass, as temperatures remain warm, fields stays green, and flowers continue to grow. At the same time, and just how I detailed a couple weeks ago, my summer work keeps me busy for a lot of the time I would prefer to dedicate to photography. That’s the downside to making money, I suppose. It does take time and effort to earn it. 🙂
On the bright side, with all the recent rumors flying around about the full-frame NEX, it’s a good thing I’m saving my money! As many readers know, a full-frame NEX-7-styled camera is one that I have dreamed of for a long time. I’ve got just about all the full-frame AI-s Nikkors I need for such a camera, so the rumored announce date of September 24 cannot come soon enough!
Back to the here and now, let’s take a look at all things photographic over the past couple weeks:
First up, I’ve been getting some responses to my Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 review in regards to the lens’ supposed “poor” bokeh. While I cannot argue that bokeh at medium distances can be either unique or distracting—depending on how you look at it—bokeh at or near close-focus is plenty smooth for both effective and pleasing subject separation.
The thing is, with a lens as wide as the Zeiss 32mm is, rarely will bokeh be of much concern at medium- to far-focus distances, and the extra sharpness the Zeiss brings can be appreciated:
When dealing with purposeful motion-blur, though, sharpness consideration goes out the window. 🙂
Now getting to some more macros, a single set of late-summer “surprise lilies” bloomed nearby, all by themselves in the shade:
Very interesting liliies, the Lycoris squamigera are. Their circular configuration creates a nice symmetry to photograph, and the concentration of the smell attracts many small bugs:
But what got me the most this past week was a surprise nighttime visit from a large East Tiger Swallowtail butterfly. This guy flew into the porch and, like many flying bugs, couldn’t figure a way out. Eventually, he decided to settle down on the most likely of places, a fake flower bouquet!
After letting him fall asleep (and giving me a chance to change the lightbulb to a color-friendly hue), I went to create a couple more photographs from angles not typically seen:
The next day this large butterfly, wound healed, still couldn’t figure a way out of the porch (even with the door wide-open!). With careful handling, I could get it to crawl all over my hands. A tingling experience you aren’t likely to get outside of the Butterfly Conservatory at the Museum of Natural History:
Now comfortable in my hands, I chanced taking the insect outside for a couple last shots:
That’s all for this update, guys and gals, thanks for dropping by! I’m still doing everything I can to make more photographs before my final year of university work resumes in September, but at the same time, I need to make as much money as possible at work. Finding balance has been the key.
P.S. I still haven’t gotten to selling the Sony 35mm yet. I’ll keep you all posted.