Sometimes you need a challenge, something to do quickly but at the same time is rewarding.  That is what I needed yesterday when we set out as a family on a walk to clear the post Christmas fug away.

I love the Canon  EF 50mm 1.8 Mk II lens, also known as the “Nifty Fifty”.  More so as I bought it reconditioned from Canon for about £50 if memory serves me correctly.  Its a nice light weight (plastic) lens that offers a very wide aperture with quite nice results.  I first got back in to using my “Nifty Fifty” following a late summer trip to Stanton Moor with some photographer friends, when I got the chance to play with some “vintage” lenses on my Canon 6D.  It made me realise that front to back sharpness isn’t everything, and that softness is okay. (Really it is, its fine 😉 )

I’m at risk of sounding like a gear freak, when I hope that I’m not.

Anyway, back to the challenge, given the challenging environment of the allotments and woodland behind my house in Sheffield, coupled with a family and dog that weren’t going to hang around for me, I set myself the task of using a shallow depth of field to photograph initially the doors to some of the allotments and the area surrounding the allotments.  It required a different approach to my usual photography of setting up tripods and fiddling with filters, it was in many ways a bit like doing street photography (when I did that) – being able to see something, take the shot and move on quickly (aka catching up with the family).  I enjoyed the opportunity of being able to see things differently and I hope will add to this little project over time.

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