When I originally went to the US Botanic Gardens I went to shoot the leaves and other interesting non-flower bits. I knew it would be in monochrome and in an abstract type way. When you shoot monochrome you bring out the features that often aren’t visible in color.
Post processing these images was done as usual. Moved them into Photoshop and went from there. I really tried to highlight the features of each image to and let it speak for itself.
I haven’t shot much nature stuff lately that isn’t in a landscape format. I have been traveling or doing other things that has led me to move away from shooting nature just because the opportunity that hasn’t presented itself. I am also not that into it to be honest. If I had a choice between shooting other things I tend to gravitate towards them versus close up nature type work. So seeing how I had a choice between sitting in my office and taking a nap or going out and taking a walk and shooting I opted from the shoot. I had my Panasonic G5 with my Nikon 55 1.2 on it. So off I went. These are just some of the shots and I’ll mix in the rest as the days go forward. So enjoy the early fall foliage.
My replacement 24-70 2.8 arrived this week and I haven’t been able to test it until yesterday. So attaching it to the Canon, I went out and braved the elements with my man flu and shot this off my patio.
I had a choice to make of going to the gym yesterday or taking a walk and skipping the gym. I went for the walk as implied by the title of this post. So I had a choice to make; take a micro 4/3 camera or use the neglected Canon 5DMKII I own and rarely shoot with. I went with the Canon because I wanted to play with a Yashica 135 2.8 lens that I own. I had bought it for my micro 4/3 cameras but the lens was too heavy for those smaller bodies so I had bought an adapter for the Canon and put it on there. I have to use the lens completely manually so I set the aperture for 5.6 and the ISO for 400 and then adjusted the shutter speed based on the light meter in the camera. If I had to I could use a light meter app I have on my phone to get a reading but the in-camera did fine.
I also went with the camera to see if I could still shoot stuff other than people and go back to manually focusing a lens. I cut my teeth with manual focusing on micro 4/3 cameras with adapters but the Canon has an optical viewfinder instead of an electronic so it made things a bit more of a challenge. I wasn’t chimping so much to look at my images, instead I was looking at the histogram to see how accurate the meter was (it wasn’t always). While I love my micro 4/3 cameras to death and I will use them 90% of the time, there is something about the Canon 5DMKII that the micro 4/3 cameras just don’t have. There is a richness to the images that I just can’t reproduce in the micro 4/3 gear.