Our hazel sunstruck and unfocused
Looking through our hazel towards the rising sun, with an f1.4 lens wide open and defocused; 10 July 2014.

I bought a 50mm f1.4 Nikkor lens sometime back, meaning to use it in some really low light situations, but have used it hardly at all.  Reasons?  Well, I haven’t been in any really low light situations (does that get me off the hook?! 🙂 ).  And, also, 50mm, being not too far from the visual angle of the human eye, is just not a lens length I use much – I’m usually way above it in telephoto or way below it with wide angles.  The D800 is a full (i.e. 35mm) frame camera, but it allows use of just a part of that full frame in what Nikon calls DX format, which magnifies lens focal length by 1.5.  So using the 50mm on the D800 in DX format produces a (1.5×50) = 75mm lens, which still retains the very handy f1.4 aperture.

And a few days back I spent some time in our wonderfully warm garden with this 75mm f1.4 lens, and two pictures from this session have already appeared – they are here and here.

I didn’t use the f1.4 aperture and its limited depth of focus for these two earlier shots, but for the one above I did – and then I pointed the lens into the sunstruck tree and manually defocused it – throwing the focus out so that all of the translucent detail became very soft and glowing.

What can be seen in this now abstract image?  Dark lines cutting softly through the glow are three of the hazel’s many slim and straight trunks.  And the glowing orbs are the tree’s leaves, lit up by the low angle sunlight – and looking very like fairy lights.  The dark trunks channel my eye down towards lower right as they converge, whereas the fairy lights, being brighter over towards the left,  draw my eye over there, too.

D800 with 50mm Nikkor used in DX format at 75mm; 100 ISO.

About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for all sorts of images, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.


  1. belshade says:

    Good shots. Thanks for noticing my blog. Des.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thanks, Des, I’m pleased you like them. I’m really struck by the images (or is it one image?) in your “Irish Skies” post. Its getting towards the surreal, and its getting away from being a “straight photograph”, getting more towards being a painting – and when that happens with a photo I always see it as a success – good stuff! Adrian


  2. Meanderer says:

    That’s lovely.

    It seems to be a good year for hazels: the many in the garden here have grown into giants with all the rain and warmth through Winter and Spring 🙂


  3. Sallyann says:

    Nice. Soft and refreshing.
    This could easily be what the trees would look like viewed through a glass of water… 🙂

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  4. LensScaper says:

    We should all do more of this kind of photography – impressionistic. Lovely idea, Adrian


  5. Very nice. You always make things look so interesting. 🙂

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thank you, Gem, that’s good to know! I’m not exactly sure how I make things interesting, but one thing to say is that I always try to crop anything that doesn’t support, or have a bearing on, the subject, out of the frame – or, especially with small things, I delete them. I remove all distractions if I can.

      I hope you’re well and good – actually you’ll probably be unconscious at the moment as its 2am in NJ, but here we’re into a warm and humid (= “muggy” in Brit) Thursday morning, with warmth and humidity building towards thunderstorms on Saturday. And I’ve an art gallery this morning, and an overall health check this pm >>> which will probably find I’m fat!!!!! A xxx


      • But healthy, I hope. We here say muggy too. It had been but we are kind of getting a break from it, which is good because breathing in thick pea soup is nearly impossible. Art gallery, huh? Pictures forthcoming? Can you take photo in an art gallery? Maybe not. Well, I’ll be on the lookout all the same.


        • Adrian Lewis says:

          Haha, I had a very nice experience this afternoon >>> I turned up at said health check, only to be told that, since I’m already on statins and blood pressure pills, I shouldn’t be there, I know what I’m doing re my health (sic). Good old doctor’s surgery, I mean, there was a horse in the waiting room too, can’t they get the addresses on their letters right??? “Neigh!”, or at least that’s what the equine thinks …

          So I told the nurse, Tina, who has no idea she’s just gone global, that she should admit on our National Health Service’s computer system that she’s just fowled up … only to be reminded that, when I have to have blood tests, she’s wielding the hypodeemic nurdle …… whereupon I became subservient, big time …

          In the city clinic in Nairobi, when I had to get my jabs, yellow fever etc etc, the African nurses delighted in throwing the syringes in my bare bum as if they were playing darts. Thank heavens they never scored a bull …

          The art gallery was + and -, but good to see, and to discuss, none the less. This gallery prohibited pictures, but some don’t mind.

          Hope you’re fine and blossoming, my friend! ATP xxx 🙂 XXX


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Eeva-Maria, thank you very much, I’m glad you like it! I’ve been looking at your blog this morning and I really like your images – I’m going to follow your blog for awhile to see more of them. Thanks again. Adrian


  6. Great abstract – the lines of the trees work so well in the green and yellow. A wonderfully warm image on what is for me a freezing cold grey afternoon 🙂


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      I’m very glad that you like it, Lisa, thanks! Yes, warm it is up here at the moment, a little too humid for me – I miss inland Kenya’s dry heat! – and although I know full well that its your winter, I’m still a little surprised by your mentions of the bad weather you’re experiencing >>> but our winter will be here soon enough ->>> and I think we’re all hoping it won’t be as bad as the last one! A 🙂


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