Where does your personal vision take you?
These photos are some of my favorites from this summer so far. Water droplets are intriguing in how they capture the world in miniature, or blaze to life in a thousand balls of fire with just a little sunshine. I took these at a local park where the sprinklers had just finished, and everything was dripping and sparkling in the sunlight. I used manual focus to get the closest drops in focus and turn the rest to that marvelous sparkly bokeh in the background, while a medium aperture gave me the slight starburst in the monochrome photo. Vintage lenses excel in achieving dreamy, film-like effects.
These are two among many that I took with my Fujifilm X-Pro2 and an adapted vintage Pentax Super Macro Takumar 50 mm lens. This lens was made in the 60’s and 70’s for film SLR cameras, but its vintage character works perfectly with Fujifilm’s digital film simulations. Initially I didn’t understand the fervor over several new film imitation modes that Fujifilm built into the X-Pro2, including Acros. However, that has become one of my favorites!
In photography, having the newest gear isn’t the most important thing. It is crucial to discover the techniques and subjects that express a scene as you see it. That is what I love about this camera and lens. As I continue to shoot with it, I feel a unique perspective emerge through the images, a richer feeling that other, more technically perfect equipment can’t achieve.
Anyone can snap a sharp, boring photo. But no one else looks out at the world through your eyes. What catches your attention? How do you make sense of this chaotic, phenomenal world?
Make today a noticing day. Make something that none of us have seen before.
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Both photos were created by me, and are for sale on the page titled Nature and Fine Art Photography.