• All lens and camera - decent bokeh from the 1.8.
  • Candidate for cloning, if I were to process this one!

Sunfall (Backlit Autumn Leaves), Wisley

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Barring a little cropping this is straight out the camera. I'll admit to standing that rear LH leaf upright before hitting the shutter button, but the crimson starfish it has turned too is all the sun's work. The only nuisance is I shot the first 15-20 frames in small jpg today (800k files), so this is about as large as you'd want to see it. Looks great on black in lightbox.

It's another shot with my £65 Canon 50mm f1.8. As a lens it has a few flaws; I'm not in love with the AF which is loud and too argumentative for the low light work this lens would otherwise be great for, and others would label the plastic construction and pentagonal SH an issue. However, if you have an EOS DSLR with just the kit zoom, this should be an immediate purchase.

The 50mm length is great on 1.6x bodies as a walkaround lens for picking out detail or more abstract street frames. The wide aperture opens up creative possibilities which kit zooms will hold you back from. It's perfectly sharp and only 100g. Personally I like the pentagonal SH and the plastic construction is fine. In fact the plastic is an advantage; whilst it's professionally made it still looks like a toy. This is my lens for Italian train stations after dark.

This little mini-review isn't a Canon ad or a pretense that the shot above should be held up as exemplar of the lens. Rather, I know I deliberated for ages above what was a tiny investment which has returned its value many times over.

Aperture is pulled back to f2.8 on this one, just to get a little more of the foreground leaves in. Have a great weekend all!

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  1. Tony-H 53 months ago | reply

    Lovely soft colours .... very calming :-)

  2. epicnom 53 months ago | reply

    I just love the light in this shot!

    Thanks for your visit!

  3. garczinski 53 months ago | reply

    Those colors are mixed very well!
    Nice job
    Best Regards!

  4. Eustaquio Santimano 53 months ago | reply

    Beautiful composition and colours

  5. Pati Robins-(Twitter - ARIANA1985) [deleted] 53 months ago | reply

    fantastiic shot ! - i must admit !

  6. Theophilos 53 months ago | reply

    Beautiful light and colors!

  7. Yellow_cam 53 months ago | reply

    Just stunning! great colours, good dof and perfect composition. Nice backlight on the leaves superb.

  8. John Schlabalack 53 months ago | reply

    Great lights in this picture. Congratulations

  9. Majorlight 53 months ago | reply

    I love how the leaves look as if they are standing up and walking in the direction of the sun...beautiful point of view. xo

  10. k4♥wea 53 months ago | reply

    Gorgeous light and colours, the perfect viewpoint for this shot.

  11. Quiverr 53 months ago | reply

    gorgeous light and tonality !

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  13. blindmelonme 53 months ago | reply

    Excellent point of view and well taken, it,s great shooting down low, love the result here.


  14. Soleil is me. 53 months ago | reply

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  15. Robb Wilson 52 months ago | reply

    As administrator of Forever Autumn, I present to you:

    Leaf Award2

    Please post your photo to my Forever Autumn group. Just click on the award image. Thank you.

  16. t1nytr0n 42 months ago | reply

    Gorgeous, gorgeous light. The detail on the leaves and the bokeh are wonderful !

  17. robotchampion 31 months ago | reply

    Thank you for sharing your photo. It seemed perfect for my post called - Fall is Coming

  18. Ekat Grigoryeva 18 months ago | reply

    Lovely! Wonderful light

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