Brian's Photo Blog — Article 180
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Radiant Neighborhood Leaves
Saturday 20 October 2012   —   Category: Shooting
Today, when there was a break in the rain, I went for my daily neighborhood walk. About one-third of the way along the route, I came across some leaves on the sidewalk, which were radiant from the glowing raindrops on them. I had taken a few shots of similar leaves earlier in the week, but these seemed even better.

So I tried to hurry home to get my nice camera, even though I still had a good ways to go. Clouds were approaching from the west, which would likely ruin the unique light causing the water drops to shine. I finally made it home, grabbed my camera case, ran out the door, jumped into my truck, and raced to the other end of the neighborhood before I lost the light!

Back in July when I was building my Micro Four Thirds lens kit, I had mentioned a hot new lens which was to be available later in the year. After reading a two-part review and seeing the photos the Malaysian reviewer took both during the day and at night, I knew that I just had to get this awesome lens once it came out. I made my pre-order, and then anxiously awaited its arrival.

I've had the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f/1.8 for a bit over a month now. At first I wasn’t sure how much I would use it, because when I’m out on a hike, a zoom lens, which covers a wide range of focal lengths besides only 75mm, is much more versatile. In addition, its 150mm equivalent focal length has an angle of view which is often too narrow for my needs.

So far, I have taken this lens on two hiking outings, and also used it a few times around the neighborhood, including the leaf photos I took today. In certain situations, it’s the perfect lens to use, and its high-quality imaging is a real asset. I've been very happy with it for the close-up shots of raindrop-covered leaves.

Well, this article is not supposed to be about the lens, but just to give you a sample of the photos I've been taking lately. I haven’t had time yet, but eventually I’ll get around to collection all the best ones into a new photo album. Stay tuned!
UPDATE: The Autumn Leaves 2012 photo album is now available!
Brian's Photo Blog — Article 180
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