Snapshots with a Little Oomph

I continue to carry the 24mm f/2.8 as my walk-around lens. As I mentioned when I got the lens, it offers characteristics of other lenses I own from its era, and I like the fact that even when I’m just shooting snapshots of friends and family, it offers a combination of color, contrast, and bokeh that I hope sets it apart from all the compact and phone cameras most people are using for similar shots.

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Meemo and Laurie, lit by a single bulb.

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It’s not the greatest bokeh in the world, but the close focusing distance allows a focus fall-off that isolates the subject without rendering the background incomprehensible. Not always desirable, but when it works, it works well.

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I’m really enjoying the 24 in tight spaces. I turned the camera upside down and shot the back seat of the car without looking, then flipped the image in post. Charles Munger used to say that his kids probably thought he looked like a book with legs; today every young person looks like a smartphone with legs…

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Family friend Ivan Freedman flew out from Atlanta to visit my folks, so I tried to grab a few shots. Ivan was in the Navy, stationed near our home, in the late 60s and early 70s, and my folks provided a second home for him and other displaced young people during those heady times.

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I don’t share as many images of my mom, because she rarely leaves this chair. I loved the way she lit up when Ivan arrived and engaged her in conversation. He told us he wouldn’t have made it through his stint in the Navy had it not been for the kindness of my parents. It was great to participate in this reunion, and to realize that when I knew him in my childhood, Ivan was younger than my own children now…

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One response to “Snapshots with a Little Oomph

  1. Mike Kichaven

    Nice, nice, nice.

    Sent from my iPad

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