A Week of Up Close and Personal
This was the first week where I put on the new 50mm lens and didn’t take it off.
I’ve read a lot about using a 50mm lens. It takes you back to older days of photography. It’s a good composition challenge.
I dug out my old Pentax film camera, and sure enough, it had a 50mm lens on it. What I love most about it is the ability to open it to a 1.8 aperture. I’m working in much lower light now, which is fun.
The first shot of the week was at my office with Evan and my parents. Notice how close in the shot appears. Thank you 50mm. We were on the way to the airport for their trip home to Fairbanks.
The next shot is what happens when I wait until the end of the day. It was taken in my office parking lot late after dinner. It is getting darker in Alaska these days.
The shot in my front yard was another desperation shot. I have enjoyed some of these shots, but because I am so focused on this project and committed to it, I feel like I want options everyday, but that is a lot of work. And at the end of the day, forcing myself to be creative doesn’t sound as interesting as having a glass of wine and watching and episode of Modern Family on Apple TV.
All summer long, I drive past the museum on the way to work. It has the most beautiful flowers out front. I’ve been looking for an excuse to get down there to get a shot, and also waiting for the right day so I don’t waste an opportunity shot. I was having lunch with friends at the Museum, so it gave me the perfect reason to get a shot.
I did two for Saturday. One was of Evan getting a haircut. I liked the mirrors and so I took this shot. Kinda fun. Then there is the shot of the kids at the Farmer’s Market doing hulahoop.
I should be more creative on weekends when I have time, but on Sunday I didn’t have it in me. So at dinner time, again with the low light lens, I shot Evan making us dinner.
Finally, there is the Walk/Don’t walk sign. The 50mm lens gets you close whether you like it or not. I thought it was fun to be this close to the walk guy.
This was not my favorite week in general. Being in exciting places makes taking pictures much more fun.