One day last week Maddy was ‘didn’t take her nap, late afternoon sleepy and cranky’ so I took Maddy and Livvy (our twin granddaughters) out in the yard so we could play. I was playing musical portrait lenses, switching back and forth among an 85mm prime and two zooms (35-135 and 75-150) on one of my Nikons.
I crouched down near the back of the yard where I had taken some nice late afternoon pics last year and there she was, Cali, my wife’s cat tucked away under the bushes soaking up late afternoon sun, enjoying a cat nap. Just the kind of light I hoped for so I grabbed a quick shot and moved away because The girls were ‘helping’ and I didn’t want to disturb the cat.
Here’s a shot of the girls on the other side of the yard admiring the flowers on the azalea bush. That’s Livvy reaching for the flowers. Maddy was standing behind wide awake, cranky gone and forgotten. I took this photo, Maddy’s Magic Moment in the Sun two frames later.
The cat sleeping and the twins playing — Suchness or thusness. Words are inadequate so I tried capturing their suchness (simply being cat or children) in these two images.
I forget which lens was which. The 35-135AF is too heavy (and slow) and the 85 too limiting. I do like that 75-150 zoom. I use it (along with a 3T or 4T two element close up lens) for all of my macro work. The lens is something of a cult classic.
The Nikon 75-150 E lens is a great portrait lens. It’s a 3.5 constant aperture zoom with a single push-pull to zoom and twist to focus ring. I’ve had the lens for about 7 or 8 years now. It took almost two years of patient waiting to find (and win) a good sample on that auction site. You know the one I mean.
I think I’ll mount the 75-150 on one of my Nikons next time I visit Ceres. I took the 85mm/2.0 last week because the morning was overcast and I needed the faster lens. Switching lenses is a pain in the butt so I carried my Bessaflex with 50mm mounted as well. I’d rather carry two cameras than fuss with lens changes. Stay tuned.