9 thoughts on “Squash Blossom

  1. Fantastic, John. I ADORE that bokeh. Out of curiosity what lens are you using in these? (they seem to have the same quality of bokeh)

    And are your friends cringing in anticipation of the glut of gifted you are about to flood them with? Ours are. 😉

    1. Thanks John. You’re right, I have been using the same lens all the way back to early July: the Olympus m Zuiko 75mm f1.8. (And most of the images were photographed wide open at very close focus distance.)

      Sadly we won’t have a glut of gifted, mainly due to the glut of male flowers, including the one featured in this photograph. 😞

      1. Ah…another reason to get a M4/3 camera. I have been fantasizing about a lighter, smaller rig, especially for street shooting but also just something easier to grab and go. Some of the early Digital Pens can be had for a song on eBay.

        1. I’ve been shooting with the Pen F for several years.

          One thing that intrigues me about these fast small lenses is the way nearby background areas look when shooting wide open. Had I shot this image with my 180mm on the Hasselblad (roughly equivalent focal length), the bokeh would’ve been overwhelmingly blurred.

    1. Lynn, I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned before, the 75mm is a heavy lens (at least by M4/3 standards). Part of that relates to the fact that I’m using it on the Pen F with a metal grip, (lens, grip and body are all metal). Under most circumstances, the weight feels comfortable and appropriate (“anchored” is a better word). But if I’m shooting over a long period of time, it can begin to feel like I’m working with a full-frame camera. To reduce weight, I could use the 75mm on a plastic Lumix body, but the size and weight of this lens seems especially top-heavy when attached to one of those cameras.

      During yesterday’s half hour of shooting in my garden I was noticing a bit of fatigue after about twenty minutes, but I would’ve experienced the same thing with any full-frame metal body or for that matter with my old film cameras.

      If you’re still considering it, keep in mind that it’s not the petite lens that your 45mm is. The 45, in my mind, is an amazing lightweight lens that cannot be topped in terms of size, weight, speed and performance. But if you feel like you need more reach with that speed, the 75mm would be the next step up.

      What I’m discovering this summer about the 75, is that it permits a more abstract way of rendering the closeup landscape, especially when using it wide open.

      1. I appreciate this very much! I’d like to think that I would check the weight before buying but your real-world experience is actually a better guide. The size and weight of the 45 are a definite plus. And the brightness. But I find myself using the 60mm macro the most – there’s flexibility there, the way it makes such nice close-ups but works fine for bigger views. When it’s darker out, like in the winter, I gravitate toward the 45 because it’s brighter and you can open it up more for interesting effects. The 75 doesn’t have a lot more reach than the 60 but I like the idea of the wider aperture. At what price though, in dollars and extra weight? That’s the rub. Thanks so much for the discussion.
        (The other thing I think about is a nice wide-angle lens. I had the 14mm pancake lens and never quite liked it for some reason. Joe generously gave me the Oly 12-40 Pro lens but it’s very heavy and tires me out noticeably, compared to other lenses I use. Do you have, or know anything about the Oly 12mm f2 lens?)

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