Sunday, February 14, 2010

Winter Wonderland

I feel like I've spent the last couple weeks doing everything BUT shooting pictures. So when the family departed today after a weekend CNY visit, I took the opportunity to go out and snap a few pics around the neighbourhood - we've had some serious fog lately, and a bit of snow, which has just blanketed our local foliage with a picturesque coating of hoar frost.


  1. Nice shots! We don't have any snow, so I have to admire it from afar. I particularly like the first & last ones.

  2. What lens (or lenses) did you use here?
    Some of them have a weird texture to the bokeh.

  3. Thanks Shelley (I got that from your flickr profile- sneaky, I know!)...

    Hey Mike, all of these were taken with the Nikkor AI-S 50mm f/1.2. Purely manual focus lens. The shots were all shot between f/1.2 and about f/2 (I can't tell from the metadata, because the lens doesn't communicate that info with the body). Which ones are you referring to with the textured bokeh? I think some of it has to do with the subject matter being pine needles, and also the fact that I was shooting at the closest focusing distance for almost all of these shots... the pine needles that are bokeh'd are just beyond the in focus focal plane, so maybe that has something to do with it?


  4. I'm seeing that on the first one, the 2nd last one and maybe a couple others.
    I think you're right, something like pine needles will tend to look like that at a particular level of being O.O.F.

    Nice shots by the way. We've had plenty of hoar frost lately as well...and I always want to get out and shoot it, but I never seem to have the free time & motivation at the same time.