After the time change, it’s very dark after work. So this is the second lunch break shoot I’ve done. There is a Japanese garden just down the street from my office, and before all the leaves turn to mush in the rain, I thought I’d try to capture some using my EF 70-200mm f/4L lens. Only the photo of the vine was shot with my EF 35mm f/2 IS.
If you’re still reading, here are some of my observations (I always try to learn something from every photo outing).
- The strongest compositions are often the most simple. I knew this, but it’s reinforced here. The photos that really draw my eye have the fewest leaves.
- The EF 70-200mm f/4L is a great lens for the price, but it has its weaknesses. The bokeh, especially in nearly-in-focus areas, is really not very pleasing at all. An f/2.8 lens would do much better, but cost 2 or 3 times the price. And I may have a bad copy, but mine seems to focus rather inconsistently. It also requires a heavy “Auto Focus Adjustment” with my camera to prevent it from focusing behind the focal point.
- Using a telephoto lens is great way to simplify your shots without rolling on the ground or climbing a tree. It gets you close to the subject in the easiest way.
- Color contrast always makes photos pop more. Warm colors in front of a cool color in the background makes a photo more striking and interesting. At least half of these photos illustrate that.
I may continue taking my camera to the office this winter and use the lunch hour for some photography close to work.