Favorite Five: Photos With My New Lens

I’ve always loved photography in some capacity. From my early-90s Where’s Waldo 35mm and late-90s Canon Rebel film cameras, to my first DSLR (Nikon Coolpix 5700) and now my Nikon D3100 (plus two semesters of film photography in high school and two more in art school, and another semester of digital in college), I’ve long considered photography a hobby of mine. As cell phones replaced the need to carry around a camera — with high-enough resolutions and the convenience of it all — I sort of lost touch with DSLR photography and have been wanting to get back into it for some time.

After doing some researching and asking around to friends who take photos professionally, it was decided that the Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 lens would be the best fit. I take a lot of photos indoors, but also needed a lens that I could use regularly, since I also take a lot of landscape and architectural pictures. Thus, this 50mm gem satisfies those needs, and it’s lighter in weight and smaller than the kit lens, which makes it more convenient to carry with me. Perhaps the best part is now my husband doesn’t have to deal with me taking iPhone pictures of everything from food to architecture — now it looks like I know what I’m doing and it’s probably less embarrassing for him around me. Wins across the board!

My favorite thing so far is playing around with depth of field. Focal length has taken some getting used to (why there are lots of closeups), but it’s getting much better. The more I use it, the more I’m learning the ins and outs of its capabilities (and mine), and the more comfortable I’m becoming with it.

From multiple trips to Findlay Market and various meals around town, to museum visits and walks in the city, here are my Favorite Five images since I got this lens a two weeks ago:

ohio-bookstore2Wall of books at Ohio Book Store

green-papayaA Dynasty Roll from Green Papaya (BBQ eel, cream cheese, avocado, and cucumber, lightly fried with a dash of eel sauce and sliced seaweed)

freedom-center2Slave Pen, the principal artifact at the Freedom Center on MLK Day

building-on-7thItalianate architecture in the Central Business District

martys.jpgBombers of beer at Marty’s Hops and Vines

This wouldn’t be a Favorite Five without some honorable mentions:

freedom-center1The Rosa Parks Experience at the Freedom Center

findlay-marketFindlay Market

streetcarInside the Cincinnati Bell Connector on a post-work trip north to Findlay Market

I am so excited to improve the aesthetics and overall quality of content on Tour de Cincinnati for you all. I think I’m going to really like this thing.

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