Today’s photos

This is another post of photos of some things I shot over the past few days.  A bit of pretty for your day!

I’ll add, for those interested, the A7RII has proven an excellent and worthwhile upgrade.  The Image Stabilization that’s built into the sensor has a made huge difference when handholding macro lenses.  I have yet to try out my Minolta 100mm 1:1 macro lens but from what I saw this morning using the Olympus 50mm 1:2 macro, my shot success was much improved with the active stabilization.  I tend not to bother with my macro lights setup so I wind up relying on fast shutter speed and high ISO (I ain’t skeered of some noise) to get a sharp image.  This morning, it was overcast yet I was still able to get a good shot without boosting ISO much above 1250.

 

 

This shot came from a recent trip to Stone Mountain State Park in North Carolina.  We were heading back to the van after a long hike.  There were quite a few thistles in this patch along the woods.  I’m not sure why but these two butterflies kept following each other from one to the other.  I don’t know enough about butterflies to tell if one is male and the other is female of the same species or it was just a territory dispute they were working through.  Either way, it made for a splendid shot.

Sony A7RII w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5
Sony A7RII w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5

 

 

One of my kids pointed out this little mushroom growing out of a stick out under the trees in the front yard; I did move the stick into some better lighting.  Placing it far enough away from anything in the background and exposing for the lightest part of the mushroom, the background underexposed to this solid black.  I did have to pull up the shadows on the stick a little bit but even that wasn’t enough to bring any of the background into view.  I like the earthy colors and the simplicity of the shot.  Mushrooms always amaze me by their delicate structure.

Sony A7RII w/ Olympus Zuiko Auto-Macro 50mm f/3.5 | 1:2 Reproduction Ratio
Sony A7RII w/ Olympus Zuiko Auto-Macro 50mm f/3.5 | 1:2 Reproduction Ratio

 

 

A teeny tiny fly resting on the edge of a leaf from the bushes in front of my house.

Sony A7RII w/ Olympus Zuiko Auto-Macro 50mm f/3.5 | 1:2 Reproduction Ratio
Sony A7RII w/ Olympus Zuiko Auto-Macro 50mm f/3.5 | 1:2 Reproduction Ratio

 

 

Stone Mountain State Park, North Carolina.  An historic homestead site is preserved here.  This split-rail fence always draws me in.  I’ve yet to take a photo of this place that truly captures the scale of the granite dome or the fields at the base of it.  That massive stone is over 600 feet above the surrounding terrain and 2,300 feet above sea level.

Sony A7RII w/ Olympus H-Zuiko Auto-W 24mm f/2.8
Sony A7RII w/ Olympus H-Zuiko Auto-W 24mm f/2.8

 

 

This insect -not much bigger than a mosquito –  was a lot of fun chasing around the Crepe Myrtles in my front yard.  If they were watching, my neighbors probably thought I’d lost my mind.

Sony A7RII w/ Olympus Zuiko Auto-Macro 50mm f/3.5 | 1:2 Reproduction Ratio
Sony A7RII w/ Olympus Zuiko Auto-Macro 50mm f/3.5 | 1:2 Reproduction Ratio

 

 

A thistle in the field beside the homestead site at Stone Mountain State Park, NC.

Sony A7RII w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5
Sony A7RII w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5

 

 

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11 thoughts on “Today’s photos

  1. I read your previous posting about vintage Minolta lenses and was intrigued. About 3 years ago, I bought a Sony A65 and a set of Minolta lenses. 28-85 f/3.5-4.5; 70-210 f/4 (beercan); and a 75-300 f/4.5-5.6. I still use these and have enjoyed them as you seem to enjoy your vintage lenses. For me its like finding a vintage 1950’s Corvette at a bargain price. I also have a Sony 16-50 f/2.8 that serves as my “normal” lens. The additional f/stop allows for better treatment of the background. Thanks for your posts and validating something I suspected–these old lenses may not have all the bells and whistles but they are classic for a good reason, they do a good job transferring light to the film and sensors. Thanks Again

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  2. So glad you’ve enjoyed the website! It’s hard to beat these old lenses on a modern camera body. I find their character to be far more interesting than any modern lenses I’ve owned. I would encourage you to try out some of the fixed-focal length offerings from Minolta. A good starter would be the Minolta MC Rokkor-PF 58mm f/1.4, which can be had for around $50-100. The results will blow you away! Just tonight I posted my recent experience with the big brother to that lens, the 58mm f/1.2. Check it out if you get a little down time.

    Cheers,

    Tom

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