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Zuiko
7th March 2014, 11:07 PM
As some of you will have read in an earlier thread, I have recently purchased a 45mm f1.8. Greggles suggested that I use it exclusively for a month to get used to it and whilst I don't think I want to be restricted to just one focal length for that length of time, it certainly seemed a reasonable proposition for my first outing with the lens.

I met up with PeterBirder today, for a very pleasant lunch and a good old natter before we headed off to the Essex Wildlife Trust nature reserve at Great Leighs. Despite having the convenience of a couple of zoom lenses I resisted temptation and stuck with the 45mm, even when it compromised compositions or even made me completely miss a shot. Discovering the versitility of the lens and developing an eye for this focal length more than compensated for the self-imposed restriction.

Please forgive the number of pictures, it is a new toy! :D


We had hardly set foot in the reserve before I was shooting a fence post at f1.8 to test the DOF and bokeh
http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/NATURE_RESERVE_GT_LEIGHS_001_e_r_s.jpg


These catkins soon provided a more pleasant and natural subject for shooting wide open
http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/NATURE_RESERVE_GT_LEIGHS_002_e_r_s.jpg


The reserve contains a small lake and trying to depict it with a moderate telephoto when a wide angle would have been more appropriate severely compromised the composition
http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/NATURE_RESERVE_GT_LEIGHS_019_e_c_r_s.jpg


However, the focal length proved ideal to capture the detail of a fence at the water's edge
http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/NATURE_RESERVE_GT_LEIGHS_010_e_r_s.jpg


The worst of the mud is avoided by a small network of boardwalks and I used this one as a subject in its own right, but with the lens stopped down to around f8
http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/NATURE_RESERVE_GT_LEIGHS_021_e_r_s.jpg


I thought it might look good in B&W so I gave it the Silver Efex treatment
http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/NATURE_RESERVE_GT_LEIGHS_021_e_B_W_r_s.jpg


I liked the way these reeds caught the light and once again the 45mm proved ideal
http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/NATURE_RESERVE_GT_LEIGHS_030_e_r_s.jpg


One of the paths through the reserve was closed to help the ground recover following the exceptionally wet winter and the rope across the entrance was adorned with several coloured ribbons. This pink one caught my eye for a close-up and it is the only shot from this series that I cropped
http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/NATURE_RESERVE_GT_LEIGHS_058_e_c_r_s.jpg


Last shot of the day was of an old woodpile, which contrasted rather nicely with the background textures of an old corrugated iron building
http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/NATURE_RESERVE_GT_LEIGHS_069_e_r_s.jpg

Restricting myself to the 45mm wasn't the most practical decision, but it was fun! I won't be doing it for a whole month, but I may repeat it for a day. *chr

David M
7th March 2014, 11:30 PM
I really like the reeds shot John.

gregles
8th March 2014, 12:05 AM
Did you not just love it John*yes

Some shots you just wont make but then you have to look again and find a different visual element to play with. Don't forget you can overlap shots for a panorama of a landscape and even more fun is the in camera digital teleconverter to double the focal length to a 90mm*yes

The reed shot is very nice and I look forward to seeing some more - how about challenging the low light capabilities and using auto iso with the 45mm - always a pleasant surprise in terms of the image quality:)

Have fun big man

Greg:)

PeterBirder
8th March 2014, 12:14 AM
Excellent results John, The reeds shot stands out for me too followed by the fence at the waters edge.

I'll post some of my shots in another thread tomorrow.

A very enjoyable outing, thanks for your company.

Regards.*chr

Zuiko
8th March 2014, 12:56 AM
I really like the reeds shot John.

Thanks David, that was my favourite of the day.

Zuiko
8th March 2014, 12:58 AM
Did you not just love it John*yes

Some shots you just wont make but then you have to look again and find a different visual element to play with. Don't forget you can overlap shots for a panorama of a landscape and even more fun is the in camera digital teleconverter to double the focal length to a 90mm*yes

The reed shot is very nice and I look forward to seeing some more - how about challenging the low light capabilities and using auto iso with the 45mm - always a pleasant surprise in terms of the image quality:)

Have fun big man

Greg:)

It was great fun, Greg. You're right, low light has to be a piority with this lens!

Zuiko
8th March 2014, 01:02 AM
Excellent results John, The reeds shot stands out for me too followed by the fence at the waters edge.

I'll post some of my shots in another thread tomorrow.

A very enjoyable outing, thanks for your company.

Regards.*chr

Thanks for a really enjoyable day, Peter. I definitely needed that after lacking motivation for most of the winter. Looking forward to seeing your shots tomorrow. *chr

Phill D
8th March 2014, 07:54 AM
I like those reeds too it's a lovely shot. The B&W works well too.
I'll look forward to seeing you tomorrow John but I bet you don't stick to the 45mm :D

OlyPaul
8th March 2014, 08:14 AM
Glad to see you had a good day out with Peter and yes the reeds shot is exceptional John.

Wee man
8th March 2014, 08:14 AM
Lovely shots like the reeds shot is that a bird box on the tree to the left?

Zuiko
8th March 2014, 08:22 AM
I like those reeds too it's a lovely shot. The B&W works well too.
I'll look forward to seeing you tomorrow John but I bet you don't stick to the 45mm :D

Could be a job for the 40-150mm - or a borrowed 75-300. :D

I'm looking forward to meeting you again, Phil. :)

Mrs T
8th March 2014, 08:25 AM
Hi John,

A lovely collection. Looks like the new lens is working well.

Amanda

Zuiko
8th March 2014, 08:27 AM
Lovely shots like the reeds shot is that a bird box on the tree to the left?

In the shot of the lake? I asked about that (Peter is a great source of information in these sort of locations) and it is an owl box, intended for either Tawnie or Barn Owls. We saw three in total (boxes, not owls) plus a number of smaller boxes for the convenience of different species.

Iiyama
8th March 2014, 08:47 AM
I have to agree with others the reed shot is my favourite. I too love the 45mm and its my most used lens. So much so I sold my Panny 12-35mm !

Ulfric M Douglas
8th March 2014, 09:09 AM
Some nice pictures.

Maybe Ian could move this thread into "Standard zoom and mid range"

Zuiko
8th March 2014, 09:35 AM
Some nice pictures.

Maybe Ian could move this thread into "Standard zoom and mid range"

Thanks Ulfric, you do cheer me up! *laugh

I was slightly unsure myself where to post this and "mid range" did seem an option, along with Foto Fair. Actually, as there are only 9 pictures, maybe it could have gone in LFI - I certainly need to improve! :D

IainMacD
8th March 2014, 10:21 AM
Great shots John a successful first outing with the 45. I'm with the others, the reed shot is a cracker.

byegad
8th March 2014, 10:32 AM
Totally agree that low light is a speciality of the lens. My 45 f1.8 is my automatic go to lens for this.

kc5854
8th March 2014, 12:15 PM
just recently rented this lens from this forum, and i must say i love this lens. Maybe this IQ is not quite to the HG standard of 50/2, but its weight and size... i would easily take this to travel with me anywhere! Great shots

StephenL
8th March 2014, 12:50 PM
Looks like it might have given you your mojo back. Mind you, it's long been my favourite lens.

snaarman
8th March 2014, 12:59 PM
Great pictures.. The fence at the waters edge for me.

Yes it is an excellent lens. Mine has been under used for some time, but now I have the 12mm as well then I think they might make a nice prime pair.

Pete

Ulfric M Douglas
8th March 2014, 01:06 PM
A lot of folk appreciate this one ;
I liked the way these reeds caught the light and once again the 45mm proved ideal
http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/NATURE_RESERVE_GT_LEIGHS_030_e_r_s.jpg
I concurr, when I got this lens I used it the same as my old manual 50mms, narrow focus on interesting stuff with blurred backgrounds.

(This thread is still in the wrong lens section. Read the subthread descriptions.)

Zuiko
8th March 2014, 03:12 PM
Great pictures.. The fence at the waters edge for me.

Yes it is an excellent lens. Mine has been under used for some time, but now I have the 12mm as well then I think they might make a nice prime pair.

Pete

Thanks Pete. Add either the 17mm f1.8 or 25m f1.8 and you'll have an excellent and versatile trio! :D

PS The 75mm f1.8 would make an unbeatable quartet! ;)

OM USer
10th March 2014, 03:13 PM
The reed shot is nice but I prefer the wood pile. Good luck with new lens.

pandora
17th March 2014, 11:01 AM
Love that opening shot there John. Have you ever noticed how often the first shot of a shoot often turns out to be the best.
Number four is also nice. Even nicer when I scroll out the top rail and mentally rotate the image clockwise a tad.
Not LFI I know, it was just a transient thought morphed into text! :) Heaven forbid I should ignite that one again :D

Zuiko
17th March 2014, 11:21 AM
Love that opening shot there John. Have you ever noticed how often the first shot of a shoot often turns out to be the best.
Number four is also nice. Even nicer when I scroll out the top rail and mentally rotate the image clockwise a tad.
Not LFI I know, it was just a transient thought morphed into text! :) Heaven forbid I should ignite that one again :D

You mean like this, Mark?

http://www.e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/NATURE_RESERVE_GT_LEIGHS_010_e_r_c_s_2.jpg

Thanks, your suggestion is appreciated. :)

I agree with your first shot of the day theory - sometimes once it's been taken you may as well pack up and go home! :D

pandora
17th March 2014, 11:29 AM
Precisely John.

I can relate very closely to your choice of subjects and sense of composition.

Zuiko
17th March 2014, 11:52 AM
Precisely John.

I can relate very closely to your choice of subjects and sense of composition.

Thanks Mark, we obviously have a similar "eye" for a photograph. *chr

pandora
17th March 2014, 05:20 PM
A similar "eye" yes John..

The big difference is in our environments.

I wonder how our respective outputs would look if I lived in England and you lived in Oz.

I would have a much narrower choice of subjects and you would have a much wider one.

So I could see myself homing in on more detail and your subject matter would be more eclectic. *chr