Spring is around the corner

Monday, March 1, 2010 7:55 PM Posted by Hikari Studio




The past few days here in Edmonton has seen some beautiful weather, at least for this time of the year. With temperatures hovering around 5°C and a little free time I've finally managed to explore the area around where I live. Being quite close the North Saskatchewan River it's a little surprising I have yet to find a way to the river since moving here.

It's not exactly accessible on this side of town, most of it is still under construction so there are no parks or bike paths that run along side it as other parts of town. Regardless, there turns out to be a residential area, of the country variety, that runs not far from it. A testament to the serenity of the area, I spotted a couple of deer grazing near the forest as I arrived. It had only been about 5pm. Unfortunately, they ran off by the time I got out of my car. Not that I was equipped for the shot anyways, having only brought with me the 105mm f2.8 Macro lens.

I had wanted to test this lens out for a series of shots in a similar vein to ones I had taken the past fall. At the time I was experimenting with using dried or dead leaves in a variety of environments. I had wanted to continue this through out the entire year, capturing the leaves in the different seasons and states.

I got a few shots in and definitely want to explore the area a bit more this week. There's a lot of beauty to be found there.

As for the lens, I'm really starting to warm up to it. The pictures I was shooting in Fall of last year were done on the 16-35mm f2.8, mainly on the 35mm end of the scale but even though the lens had a really small minimum focus distance the length of the lens limited the amount of out bokeh I was able to get. With the 105mm lens it is a lot easier to isolate the elements, maybe even too much so.

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