futbol

Zeiss 135mm f2 apo sonnar manual focus lens

Sometimes hangin’ out and havin’ fun is what it’s all about.

I love the colors in this photo. I love the sharp sharp focus on the ball and the shoe. I love the body language between these two guys… it reminds me of the good old days hanging out when we were young with nothing to worry about. It’s just a fun image… that happened to be quite difficult to take.

I used a Zeiss 135mm f2 manual focus lens for this because it allowed me to stay far enough away and not disturb the energy of the scene, but also because it produces color profiles and super sharp focus like this. I shot it wide open at f/2, and let all of my breath leave me before I pressed the shutter to be as steady as possible to get that crisp focus point on the ball. This was late in the evening, so the shutter speed was fairly long at 1/40, so this was one of those times when I had to brace myself up against a street lamp to keep myself steady enough to get a crisp shot.

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zeiss 135mm f2 apo sonnar lens

I don’t know what she was reading that day, but her beautiful hands were poetry in motion.

A Zeiss 135mm f2 APO SONNAR lens was used to capture these pretty piano hands. f/2.8. 1/2000. Usually the characteristics of my lens are what impress me about a photo, but this one was all about the composition… the beautiful hands being front and center with just the right amount in focus, and the slightly blurred background to let you know there is someone there without taking the focus off of the hands.

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central park candid photos, portrait photography with canon 135mm f2 lens

I came across these children having a conversation in Central Park, and couldn’t resist grabbing the shot. It was an adorable scene that came out exactly as I pictured it in my mind’s eye before I put the camera to my actual eye.

My main “people lens” is the Canon 135mm f2. I’m sure all the professional and enthusiast photographers reading this are fuming because I called it a people lens instead of a “portrait lens”, but people is a more accurate term for me than portrait so I’ll stick with it. You can’t take portraits of anyone in New York. Your only option for people photography is to position yourself far enough out of the scene so that you don’t interrupt it, and to use a long enough lens that will let you get a shot that feels like you’re right there with them. Too far away feels very detached and boring. Too close ruins the spontaneity. I also love pulling my subject out of the photo with a wide open aperture, and the Canon 135mm f2 does this beautifully.

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