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Moving into Fall

A lot of places north of Florida already know about fall. Fall for me doesn't start until late September/early October, which is when I start to notice changes, especially in the fields.

Seeding purple glasses
Seeding black and whiteSeeding field grasses
Seeding HollySeeding Crepe Myrtle

I've been too dark and gloomy of late. I wanted to go out at lunch and just not care what I came across. I keep remembering my college drawing classes, when one of my professors would send us out to the field next to the art building for inspiration and materials for our pencil and pen and ink classes. I came to appreciate the four seasons from observing and drawing.

I also wanted to break this streak of everything has to be super sharp and super colorful. That's why opening up to f/1.4. It was a bit breezy as well, which moved everything around and added an interesting dimension of movement. I am normally not a bokeh boy, but today I appreciated the softening of shooting wide open. This makes me long for the new Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm 1:1.8 all the more. And the M.Zuiko 12mm 1:2. The E-P2 Pen is a lot more interesting with fast primes than it is with slow zooms.

Everything taken with the Olympus E-P2 and the second generation OM 50mm 1:1.4 mounted on the front with the DMW-MA1 and MF-1 adapters. Everything taken with the lens open to f/1.4. Post-processing done in Lightroom and Silver Efex Pro 2.


  1. Wonderful, Bill. And square! Just great.



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