Goodbye Winter. Hello Color!

Over the past few months, I’ve preferred making black and white images over color.  Maybe it’s been all the foggy, moody winter days.  Whatever the reason, Spring has finally started to show and I’m thusly inspired to switch back over to color.  Thick gray skies behind leafless trees have given way for bright blue backdrops to the vast palette of color seen throughout spectrum of budding flora in North Carolina.  Now, in this vibrant season, it’s time to break out the lenses and filters that enable us to capture this once-a-year spectacle.

This image below turned out so cheerful looking!  Sharp, contrasty, and vibrant, the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 (E-mount native) handled shooting directly into the sun really well.

Sony A7R w/ Rokinon 14mm f/2.8
Sony A7R w/ Rokinon 14mm f/2.8

Here, we have the Rokinon 14mm being used to capture a view from under the Bradford Pear tree in my backyard.  I’ve tried this shot before using a 24mm and it just couldn’t quite capture what I was looking for.  The enormous field of view of the 14mm gives you some pretty awesome perspectives!

Sony A7R w/ Minolta 28mm f/2.8
Sony A7R w/ Minolta 28mm f/2.8

I swapped lenses out for the old “Beer Can”, Minolta 70-210mm f/4.  This lens is one that surprises me every time I use it.  I think from all the years I shot Nikon I’ve allowed myself to be programmed into thinking that in order for a lens to be good, it must be massive in size and weight.  Clearly not the case with this old Minolta.  The colors I get from this lens are super nice while the sharpness is outstanding even wide open.  Grant you it does take some practice learning to shoot a long lens without the aid of a tripod or some other form of image stabilization.  On a bright day like this though, it’s easy – bump up that shutter speed a good bit and you’ll get sharp images every time.

Sony A7R w/ Minolta 70-210mm f/4
Sony A7R w/ Minolta 70-210mm f/4

I switched lenses again and this time for the Minolta 100mm f/2.8 Macro.  A truly impressive lens at any price!  Over the years, I’ve had a number of good macro lenses from various manufacturers and this old Minolta easily holds its own against any of them.

Sony A7R w/ Minolta 100mm Macro f/2.8
Sony A7R w/ Minolta 100mm AF Macro f/2.8

I’m not sure what kind of tree this is – I’ll have to ask my neighbor – but the blossoms on it are particulary beautiful.

Sony A7R w/ Minolta 100mm Macro f/2.8
Sony A7R w/ Minolta 100mm AF Macro f/2.8

This is a skinny, thorny vine of some sort that has these tiny burgundy colored flowers.  This was shot with the 100mm set for 1:1 reproduction ratio.  Those flowers are no bigger than a pea.  The sun was still bright enough to allow me to stop my aperture down enough to get depth of field to capture most of the flower and the point of the thorn.  The wind was blowing the vine around quite a bit so it took a good number of shots to finally get it all right.

Sony A7R w/ Minolta 100mm Macro f/2.8
Sony A7R w/ Minolta 100mm AF Macro f/2.8

I hope you all are getting outside with your cameras to capture your own images of this brilliant season.  Feel free to share links to your own photos in your comments.  We’d all like to see them too!

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