This is a photo of a wonderful japanese sushi hangout on 10th Avenue between 22nd and 23rd that just begs you to come in and feel at right at home while you nosh. The colors and the warmth that come through this image are my favorite part, and it conveys the exact feeling I get when I see it in person.
This photo was shot handheld with a Zeiss 50mm f1.4 manual focus lens set at f/2.2. Exposure 1/50. I set the exposure compensation to -0.3 after my first shot turned out a little too bright and didn’t convey the true feeling of the image. The Zeiss 50mm f1.4 certainly isn’t the best lens in the world, but I love it for capturing the feeling of a scene, especially at night. I don’t know how else to describe it, but when what you’re looking to do is capture the true feeling (vague term, I know) of what you’re experiencing, the Zeiss 50mm f1.4 just seems to nail it every time. I also own the Zeiss 50mm f2 Makro, which is a stunningly beautiful lens, but if I try to use it for photos like this where the feeling is paramount, I am never quite as happy with the result. When I’m trying to showcase the details of an object such as a striking display of architecture, the Zeiss 50mm f2 Makro blows the 1.4 our of the water, but when I want to capture that warm fuzzy feeling I get from a person or a place, the 1.4 just sings.