A Swan and Cabbage

Today, I’m back to using lenses that actually have glass elements (last two posts were pinholes).  I don’t really have a theme to these recent images other than that.

This shot here was made using the phenomenal Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen).  Every time I use this lens I’m always floored by the results from it.  It’s as sharp as a good prime, yields excellent color, and the fall-off of focus is smooth as silk at any aperture.  This remains one of my all-time favorite zooms.  I paid around $150 for mine so, especially for that, it’s a heck of a deal.  No joke, this lens is at least as good as my old Nikon 28-70mm F/2.8 ED-IF AF-S lens.  That’s high praise considering that lens was my workhorse back in the day when I shot for money.  It was my food-on-the-table lens.  The Minolta, with no AF, is smaller and much lighter.  That tank of a Nikon is partly responsible for the permanent warp in the index finger of my right hand.

Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)
Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)

I love cabbage.  Not necessarily eating it but shooting it.  I think it’s one of the most beautiful plants.  I like the look of the veins running through it, the soft fleshy leaves and the way it seems to cradle the heart of the plant.  For the next two shots of a lovely cabbage, I used a Contax Zeiss Planar 50mm f/1.4 (C/Y mount).  This lens came to me as a gift from a dear friend of mine.  The copy he got me is in immaculate condition and everything works like brand new – a testament to its build quality.  I shot both of these images with that lens set at f/11.  I did shoot other images with it and all of them turned out wonderfully sharp with great color.  I’ll definitely be using this lens more often.

Sony A7RmkII w/ Contax Zeiss Planar 50mm f/1.4
Sony A7RmkII w/ Contax Zeiss Planar 50mm f/1.4


Sony A7RmkII w/ Contax Zeiss Planar 50mm f/1.4
Sony A7RmkII w/ Contax Zeiss Planar 50mm f/1.4


That’s all I wanted to post for today.  Thanks for popping in for a few!

6 thoughts on “A Swan and Cabbage

  1. Tom..your photography never ceases to amaze(& amuse, on occasion)!
    I love the swan photo! It looks like a pencil drawing & the “texture” in the water, as the swan swims into it…makes this more than, just a photo of a swan! You have such an eye for capturing subjects..& not in just the “traditional” way! Outstanding!


  2. To me, it looks like the swan is swimming into a beautiful piece of lace. And I love cabbage, too. It really is such a beautiful plant. These are so gorgeous!


  3. Hi Matt,

    Thanks for having a look around Outfor30. I’m glad you enjoyed the cabbage photo. I too liked that one a good deal, enough to print for one of the walls in my home.

    This morning, I had a look around your website. You’ve got a very strong portfolio! Excellent work with a signature look.

    I’m currently travelling so I don’t expect I’ll be posting again for a few weeks but I do hope you’ll pop in again sometime. Thanks for your comment!


    Tom Leonard

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  4. Hey Tom, you’re very welcome. Thanks for checking out my site and for the kind words. Enjoy your travels (and time away from the computer screen)! See you on the other side.


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