Young and Old
Best seen in larger size on black (click image above). Arctostaphylos sp.
As elsewhere in nature, the young and the old co exist. I was debating if I should pull out the withering flowers and "clean up" before clicking, but decided to leave them alone.
Test shot with Leica APO TELYT-R 280/4 lens + Novoflex adapter + SONY NEX-5. All shot @ f/4, hand-held, focus by looking at the full image on the LCD (not live view at pixel-level).
With 280mm focal length and f/4, at a distance of about 7 feet (about 2.3m), the DoF is less than 0.5 inches (~12 mm). So anything in the distant background quickly melts into a wash of colors. The left side of this image is a tree and the right side of the image is the sky, but both are too far away to register as anything other than just pools of colors.
In fact, before focusing, to even just see the subject, you have to first turn the focusing ring to the approximate distance to the subject. Otherwise, even if you are pointing the lens exactly at your subject, you may see nothing more than a blur!
For now, I am done with my test shots of the APO TELYT lens. I still haven't tested infinity focusing - I think I will do that the next time I am near some high rise buildings.