The foliage peaked in my area this week. I spent about an hour in my back yard with the D200 and 50mm f/1.2 on Saturday taking these shots. The 50mm f/1.2 is one of the fastest F mount lenses Nikon ever made. My copy is an older AI version, with a 7 blade aperture. Nikon still lists the newer 9 blade AI-S version in their catalog, but everyone seems to be out of stock right now. Shooting hand held, wide open, it can be difficult to get critical focus especially with if you have eyes like mine. But ultra sharp focus is not what this lens is about wide open. It’s about narrow depth of field, great color, and a feeling like you are making a painting instead of a photograph.
The cherry blossom trees were in full bloom at Branch Brook Park on Saturday. It was a perfect morning, with a very nice blue sky to contrast the trees. All of the shots were made with my D200, except this one, which I snapped on my way out of the park with the Canon G9. It turned out to be one of my favorites from the morning. The really soft shots (too soft???) were taken with a lens baby. I’m looking forward to making some prints of the better shots, and I am going to give Adorama a try for some larger prints.