I recently broke down and purchased a gewgaw I’ve been coveting for some time. Fuji lenses were on sale and I bought the superlative 56mm f1.2, portrait lens. Here is the very first shot I took with it, a quick snap to demonstrate to my wife the beautiful de-focusing effect of the lens wide open. Note how her eyes are in sharp focus but by the time we reach her ears the focus is already softening.
I passed them by, then stopped and went back to ask for their picture. They smilingly assented, commented on the nice Fuji camera, said the picture came out good and told me they were a brother and sister.
This one’s not such a great photograph technically, but it’s always been one of my favorites: my daughter crawling through a school street fair fun-house created out of decorated cardboard boxes. Also from late 2003.
Hopefully the last of these archival ramblings. Image taken through a mottled shower door of one of my sons with, evidently, lots of color noise and other types of artifacting from poor photoshopping of the original jpeg. Back in New York and hoping to find I’ve got a few decent new images from the past week.
I took a lot of pictures of my daughter when she was young and she invariably gave me the are-you-seriously-taking-my-picture-now? look
Here’s me with my first digital camera, a Kodak 2MP point and shoot with about a 3x zoom that cost about $700 in 1999 dollars. Since I was shooting jpegs and they weren’t very good, I played around in Photoshop using artistic filters to see what I could get. Not something I’d be terribly likely to do today.
At this year’s Photo Plus Expo I go to borrow Fuji’s 56mm f1.2 portrait lens for a couple of hours. Here are a couple of test shots of the narrow depth of field the lens is capable of wide open. Note how the eyes and nose are in sharp focus but already by the ears the focus is softening and the backgrounds are deliciously soft. I think this will be my next lens. thanks for modeling, Woyman!