Around the Neighborhood – Around Scarborough Station – Ivy

Another weakness of mine: ivy growing up, over and around things – often over crumbling ruins, but in this case a tree. One of the purposes of this walk was to try out my new Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f1.7 lens. I bought this lens because the two Micro Four Thirds zoom lenses I have didn’t give me enough subject separation in most cases. Here I was seeing what kind of separation (‘bokeh’ I word I hate) I would get. DPreview describes it as follows:

The F1.7 aperture allows quite a useful degree of control over depth of field and blurring of backgrounds – and the rendition of those backgrounds is very pleasant for a fast ‘normal’ prime too…[closeup], the transition to the out-of-focus regions is handled perfectly smoothly. Distant backgrounds are equally rendered in a fairly neutral fashion.

Taken with an Olympus OM-D EM-10 and Panasonic Lumix G 20mm (40mm full frame equivalent) F1.7, a newly acquired lens.

Birds taking flight

I was walking around along the waterfront in Tarrytown, NY. As I was approaching this tree I noticed that it was full of small birds (I have no idea what they were). I was still quite a distance away when they took off en masse. I was lucky that I had already raised my camera in anticipation of taking a picture and was able to get something.

I quite like it. It something about the mass of birds, the fact that they’re blurred combined with the delicate branches with their red berries that appeals to me. There’s something oriental about it.

Taken with a Sony A6000 and Canon 50mm f1.4 LTM (I think).