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Botanic @ 35…

by on May.17, 2013, under Life, Photography

Took a lunchtime trip to Sydneys Royal Botanic Gardens with Frances Gorrez for a lazy hour of shooting. I took just the camera and the new Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art lens for company.

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger – so click any of the images below to see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer.

I like limiting the choices sometimes when I really don’t know what I’m planning to shoot – sure I could have taken the tripod, the macro or a whole bag of gear with me but when I have no specific photographic goal in mind for a shoot sometimes just having one choice (in this case a wide fast prime) can spur you to make shots you wouldn’t otherwise have tried.

This flower for instance – shooting it at a very shallow f/2.0 gives it just enough depth of field to have a few sharp petal edges and leaves you in no doubt what it is but it allows a rich golden warmth floating in a sea of softness – it’s marvellous how this lens allows such a quick falloff



NIKON D600 + 35.0 mm f/1.4 @ 35 mm, 1/1250 sec at f/2, ISO 100

even this image shot at f/4 gives enough depth of field for the flower but the falloff is quick after than and allows the flower to pop off the glassy surface of the water

Emerging from the Glass

Emerging from the Glass

NIKON D600 + 35.0 mm f/1.4 @ 35 mm, 1/100 sec at f/4, ISO 100

We also visited the fernery

Delicate Tree

Delicate Tree

NIKON D600 + 35.0 mm f/1.4 @ 35 mm, 1/125 sec at f/4, ISO 100

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