Random Photos – April 2016

Tonight, I’m just posting some new photos.  I used several different lenses in this series.  If you’re interested in which lens I used, I’ve provided the details in the caption beneath each image.

 

This first set of images come from around our neighborhood while my wife and I were out on our evening stroll.  The weather has been sublime these past few weeks.  Hopping between Canada, Alaska, and Norway, the warm weather has been a huge relief to me from the cold and darkness I’ve been working in over the past 6 months.  Spring in North Carolina is about as good as it gets for pleasant weather and beautiful scenery.

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

 

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

 

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

The pasture at the head of our neighborhood has three new calfs in it.  When my wife and I approach the fence, they all come trotting up to see if we’ve brought them something special to munch on.  I could set up a lawn chair and watch them for hours – such peaceful animals.

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

 

On a recent trip to Stone Mountain State Park, I brought along my latest restored lens.  The Konica Hexanon AR 35mm f/2.8 is not without it’s weaknesses but all in all I enjoy using it and have learned to work with, or around, its inherent design drawbacks.

Sony A7RmkII w/ Konica Hexanon AR 35mm f/2.8
Sony A7RmkII w/ Konica Hexanon AR 35mm f/2.8

Look but don’t touch!

Sony A7RmkII w/ Konica Hexanon AR 35mm f/2.8
Sony A7RmkII w/ Konica Hexanon AR 35mm f/2.8

This sapling somehow found a way to root into the face of this rocky cliff.

Sony A7RmkII w/ Konica Hexanon AR 35mm f/2.8
Sony A7RmkII w/ Konica Hexanon AR 35mm f/2.8

 

Sony A7RmkII w/ Konica Hexanon AR 35mm f/2.8
Sony A7RmkII w/ Konica Hexanon AR 35mm f/2.8

 

Sony A7RmkII w/ Konica Hexanon AR 35mm f/2.8
Sony A7RmkII w/ Konica Hexanon AR 35mm f/2.8

Perfect examples of the Divine Number in nature, this snail shell and newly sprouted ferns bear the signature result of the Fibonacci sequence in their spiral pattern.  This number, 1.6180339, can be found in just about every aspect in nature, including humans.

Sony A7RmkII w/ Konica Hexanon AR 35mm f/2.8
Sony A7RmkII w/ Konica Hexanon AR 35mm f/2.8

 

Sony A7RmkII w/ Konica Hexanon AR 35mm f/2.8
Sony A7RmkII w/ Konica Hexanon AR 35mm f/2.8

 

Sony A7RmkII w/ Konica Hexanon AR 35mm f/2.8
Sony A7RmkII w/ Konica Hexanon AR 35mm f/2.8

A drop of water running down the tiny roots of a plant clinging to the face of a rock.

Sony A7RmkII w/ Konica Hexanon AR 35mm f/2.8
Sony A7RmkII w/ Konica Hexanon AR 35mm f/2.8

This final image was shot using an old Konica 80-200mm f/4 that I picked up recently for a few bucks.  It’s not very good wide open but with aperture clicked down one to f/5.6 it get’s pretty decent.  This was shot wide open at f/4.

Sony A7RmkII w/ Konica 80-200mm f/4
Sony A7RmkII w/ Konica 80-200mm f/4

 

That’s all I have for now.  Hopefully I’ll be able to get some more shooting time in before heading back out for work.  Thanks for stopping by!

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One thought on “Random Photos – April 2016

  1. ALWAYS love seeing your photo’s, Tom…. glad you’re getting some sunshine! It’s a good thing!! Having done 13 months in Adak years ago, I can relate…. also to the fact that beauty can be found anywhere.. Had fun taking pictures there as well!

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