Nardio Photography Adventures
A couple of days ago I was enjoying a great Sunday out and about in the city. The weather was perfection and the city was oddly quieter than usual. I guess everyone else was out of town enjoying the weather. That suited me just fine. I love NYC when it’s quiet and empty. The city feels extra big and ripe for exploring. Funny enough, the shot featured today was taken after a day of walking all over Manhattan, just a few blocks from my apartment.
While I was focusing on getting shots on my Cyclop 1 H3T-1 1.5 85mm, I did manage to grab a few shots with my beloved Rokinon 35mm 1.4. The picture featured today is pretty much my fave pic of the day. I was hanging out with Jasmine in a local garden under the shade of a bunch of trees. It was oddly and wonderfully peaceful. A bunch of birds were singing, chirping and flying all around us. All of a sudden I noticed that be planter behind me had a new growth that was just popping up from the ground. It was near the edge of the planter and I found myself enthralled with it. The leading line of the planter was great. The juxtaposition of the small sproutling and the huge planter was great. When I pulled out my Rokinon 35mm 1.4 I of course had to try shooting it wide open .
The result was epic:
Look at that shot!
I love the leading line. That super thin line of focus which acts as another leading line. Both of them making the sproutling the focal point. This was a fun shot to take and an even more fun shot to edit. It didn’t need much but the results are outstanding. I love how the sproutling is growing up to a world of bright and colorful possibilities and light which is shown is perfect bokeh form.
So why did I shoot it this way?
Well, I wanted all that bokeh goodness. When I first toyed with the shot, I was immedialty shocked at just how perfect the bokeh was and how awesome it looked. That said, I raised the F Stop to 2.2 & 4.5 and found myself meh with the results.
So I went full bokeh.
I dropped the shutter speed as much as possible and rested the camera on the planter to make sure it was stablized. I found that dropping it down to 1/20th of a second was the lowest I could go while maintaining a clear image. Thankfully, this meant I was able to keep my ISO at the lowest setting of 50.
This is a simple shot with a lot of thought and love put into it. I hope you like it!
I’m proud of this picture.
Camera: Sony a7III
Lens: Rokinon 35mm 1.4
Speed: 1/20 ISO: 50 F-Stop: 1.4