Thinking Shallow

Tonight is a photo-only post.  I wanted to share with you what I’ve been doing with the amazing Minolta MC Rokkor-PG 58mm f/1.2 lens I recently restored.  This is the fastest, shallowest depth-of-field lens I’ve ever owned and it’s taken some getting used to.  My main drive behind getting this kind of lens is to be able to force the subject isolation for creative control over my image making.  I’ve had a lot of fun with it so far.  Here’s what I’ve gotten up till now, just funning around.

 

A barcode horse (zebra), up close and personal.  He wanted me to feed him.

Sony A7RII w/Minolta MC Rokkor-PG f/1.2
Sony A7RII w/Minolta MC Rokkor-PG 58mm f/1.2

 

Old, dried peppers I found nailed to the wall inside a state-protected cabin.

Sony A7RII w/Minolta MC Rokkor-PG f/1.2
Sony A7RII w/Minolta MC Rokkor-PG 58mm f/1.2

 

 

Also inside the cabin.

Sony A7RII w/Minolta MC Rokkor-PG f/1.2
Sony A7RII w/Minolta MC Rokkor-PG 58mm f/1.2

 

My dog, an English Boxhead Lab, in the front yard.  He’s such a good boy and great with the kids!

Sony A7RII w/Minolta MC Rokkor-PG f/1.2
Sony A7RII w/Minolta MC Rokkor-PG 58mm f/1.2

 

 

A field of wildflowers with a barn off in the distance.

Sony A7RII w/Minolta MC Rokkor-PG f/1.2
Sony A7RII w/Minolta MC Rokkor-PG 58mm f/1.2

 

 

My youngest son, Tommy.

Sony A7RII w/Minolta MC Rokkor-PG f/1.2
Sony A7RII w/Minolta MC Rokkor-PG 58mm f/1.2

 

 

A challenging shot this was, balancing the strong doorway lighting to the dark interior of this old cabin.  I like the atmosphere this lens lends to scenes like this.

Sony A7RII w/Minolta MC Rokkor-PG f/1.2
Sony A7RII w/Minolta MC Rokkor-PG 58mm f/1.2

 

 

Tack sharp… get it?  Tack… for horses… and it’s in focus… sigh.  I need to go to bed.

Sony A7RII w/Minolta MC Rokkor-PG f/1.2
Sony A7RII w/Minolta MC Rokkor-PG 58mm f/1.2

 

 

Tommy taking to the rails for a breather.

Sony A7RII w/Minolta MC Rokkor-PG f/1.2
Sony A7RII w/Minolta MC Rokkor-PG 58mm f/1.2

 

 

I love how this lens can isolate even a single tree in the forest.  The trails of light in the background drew my eye further and further into the scene.  Nothing significant here – just pretty.

Sony A7RII w/Minolta MC Rokkor-PG f/1.2
Sony A7RII w/Minolta MC Rokkor-PG 58mm f/1.2

 

 

A path through a field of wildflowers that meanders on into the woods.

Sony A7RII w/Minolta MC Rokkor-PG f/1.2
Sony A7RII w/Minolta MC Rokkor-PG 58mm f/1.2

 

 

A neat old shoe with a splash of window light.

Sony A7RII w/Minolta MC Rokkor-PG f/1.2
Sony A7RII w/Minolta MC Rokkor-PG 58mm f/1.2

 

 

Absolutely perfect weather that day.  A cool, light breeze gave us a wink to say that fall is approaching soon.

Sony A7RII w/Minolta MC Rokkor-PG f/1.2
Sony A7RII w/Minolta MC Rokkor-PG 58mm f/1.2

 

 

That’s all for tonight.  I hope you enjoyed the photos and they provided you a moment of relaxation.

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2 thoughts on “Thinking Shallow

  1. Beautiful photo’s, Tom- as always… looks like you’re really enjoying this new Minolta lens!! Nice to have a bond with something like that as you do- having rescued it from the grave!

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