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Lazy Walking

Lazy walking outside is my sweet joy these days.

I do a lot of it because I need to get my lymph pumping and stuff.

The whole experience is utterly magical. Especially when I take my camera with me and we hunt for some lovely eye candies together.

 
 

Even the simplest things look so cute.

… if you want them to…

Don’t you think?

 
 

I love simple things.

They make me happy.

 
 

Lilac.

Sweet lilac.

I find its smell the most delightful and amazing in the whole nature.

It’s head-spinning good.

 

I hope you are having a wonderful spring and the world around you makes you happy.

 

Love,

Petra
 

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As I promised before in the post about my cameras, here I am with a couple of words about my lenses.

First of all, I love my lenses.

Very much.

Second of all, I just love them.

 

These are the names of the babies (from left to right): Canon 50mm F 1.8, Tamron Macro 60 mm F 2, Canon 18-55mm (which came as a kit lens with my Canon Rebel T2i camera).

I use the first one (Canon 50mm) to shoot food.

The Tamron 60 mm is great for food too, but since it is a macro lens I use it quite often outside to shoot flowers, bugs or other cute tiny things.

To capture wider angles, I use the Canon 18-55 (the kit lens).

 

Now let me show you and compare a few interesting features that these lenses possess.

 

1. Comparison with the Same Settings

Each of these shots was taken with a different lens. To make the comparison most accurate I kept the same settings for each shot. All pictures were taken at 5.6 aperture and they are not edited at all.

Though that last thing was a bit hard to digest.

I find these images pretty similar in their appearance. Maybe just the last one is a little colder in colors (has more blue tones in it) than the other two.

But there’s more to compare…
 
 

2. Lowering the Aperture (Blurry Background)

Well, who doesn’t like a nice blurry background.

That really injects the magic into the pictures, doesn’t it?

The part of the lens which provides for the blurriness of the picture is called the aperture (if you are not that familiar with this term you can find a little more about it here).

I love to use low aperture settings, especially for the food shots.

The kit lens that came with the camera (Canon 18-55mm) has the lowest aperture number of 5.6 (the second picture of this post shows you the result).

But I knew that there was a whole new world of possibilities when you go lower than 5.6.

So there came a moment in my life when I felt that I couldn’t go a day longer without a proper low aperture lens. That was when I got these two:

This picture was taken with the Canon 50mm at its lowest aperture – F 1.8.

See the blurry background? And how little portion of the picture is actually in focus? So that is caused by the low 1.8 aperture setting.

Again, this picture could really benefit from some vigorous Photoshop treatment, but this post is not about that.
 
 

This is a shot taken with the Tamron 60mm at 2.0 aperture (which is its lowest aperture number).

I like the blurriness of the background a lot.

In this aspect, these two lenses produce very similar results.

 

Also, these two lenses are prime, which means that you cannot zoom in or zoom out. In other words, they have fixed focal length. But that thing is perfectly all right – it makes you move a little more and stretch your body quite often which, I guess, is a nice health supporting benefit.

 

If the low aperture setting had been the only feature that I wanted for my pictures I would only have acquired the Canon 50mm lens. That one was much cheaper than the Tamron 60mm.

But I also needed Tamron. Have a look why…
 
 

3. Getting Closer to the Subject

This is closest that the Canon 50mm allows you to get to the subject.

If you go closer, the lens cannot focus anymore.

 
 

This is how close the Tamron 60mm allows you to get.

Amazing detail!

I often use this feature when taking pictures in my kitchen – spices, sugar or cake structure, that all looks perfectly detailed.

I love it!

 

So these are my beloved lenses.

I hope this information helped you.

At least a little.
 
 

… and psst, don’t tell this to my boyfriend

There’s also this cutie!

It’s the Canon 75-300mm telephoto zoom lens.

I frequently steal this one from my boyfriend to capture…
 
 

… squirrels …
 
 

… or baby orangutans, or basically anything that happens to be far away from me.

I think I love this lens much more than my boyfriend does and I also use it way more often.

So who really has the moral right to own it, I ask?

I think it’s me, I answer.

Definitely, it’s me!
 
 

It fills the last free space in my camera bag perfectly, anyway.
 

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A Lady

I took this picture last Saturday.

Finding a name for it was a piece of cake.

‘A Lady’.

Her presence is just so massive and heavy.

Or what?

 

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Macro Trip

I spent the previous weekend in various acrobatic positions.

Ahem! No… not that!

Even though…

But no, there’s something else I want to share.

The activity had something to do with my new macro lens that has arrived recently.

And let me tell you that the lens received more than warm welcome.

As a true photographer, as soon as I got it (and stopped jumping up and down with joy… which lasted a good couple of minutes) I ran outside and no one saw me for another two days.
 
 

A macro lens lets you get very close to various tiny subjects.

And that is exactly what I was trying to do during those days.

You wouldn’t find me farther than 4 inches away from different kinds of flowers, bugs, insects and grasses.

All that time I was basically wallowing in sweet amazement by how wonderful the small world that we barely see with our own eyes really is.

Everything too tiny – which my previous lens had trouble to focus on – I could now have a proper look at.
 
 

Just enjoy this thistle.

Isn’t it just beautiful?
 
 


And these leaves.

I love them.
 
 

Another thistle… and a little bonus – an ant!

Words can hardly express how happy my heart was when I could focus on that ant.

Such tiny a thing – and my camera said: ‘Yes, I’ll do the job for you’.

Amazing!
 
 

Another thing that I love about this macro lens is the background in the pictures.

The lens is able to make the background look rather blurry and focus on only very tiny parts of the subjects.

Which, in fact, allows for creating an impressive, artistic-like look.
 
 

I’ve also taken a picture of this daisy for you.

And now, if you will please excuse me, I’ve just noticed a bug near here.

And I really have to… you know what.

See ya later!

And have a wonderful week.

Love,

Petra
 

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Earth Day – Yay!

To celebrate this wonderful day I am posting a few snippets from my Mom’s garden.

Because my Mom and Dad’s garden could possibly be the most beautiful place on Earth.

This is an apple tree in bloom.

If I were a bee, I’d land on one of those wonderful flowers right away.

But I am not.

So I won’t.
 
 

A lovely tulip.

 
 

Pear tree just about to bloom.

 
 

And guess what this is…

Oh, you don’t have to ’cause I’m gonna tell ya.

It’s a gorgeous walnut tree that is coming into leaf and flower soon.

Have a wonderful Earth Day everybody… and enjoy!

And now, please, excuse me, I am going to buy some eggnog (… to celebrate the day properly. No, I am not an alcoholic, I just like eggnog. Or, dang…, is that what all alcoholics say? Hm… doesn’t matter… CHEERS!).

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Spring Is…

Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!”Robin Williams

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I love hunting for beauty.

I love that sweet feeling it brings when I find it eventually.

It’s absolutely worth all the effort.

My heart thumping with excitement, my head spinning with joy.

With the help of my beloved camera (yes, beloved, I’m sorry… but it just happens to be so), I capture that glittery snippet of reality and keep it as a trophy forever.

Sweet, sweet feeling…

I love looking at things from different angles.

I love the different perspective.

There’s a lot of magic to be found when you shift your point of view slightly.

I love closer looks.

To watch the nature’s heartbeat from afar – not disturbing it, yet still being able to caputre its intimacy – is very precious to me.

Oh… and there are a lot more things that I love about  photography… and I will surely share them with you when the time comes…

Until then, enjoy!

Love,

Petra, The Escapist

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