After some warm days last week, nature is exploding and fresh green leaves are visible everywhere .....spring has arrived definitely! The flower part of my garden is transforming day by day and at the moment the Sweet Violets are the boss.....not for long as the bluebells are growing very fast.
In a few days the wood will coloured white by the Wood Anemones and very soon I expect the first emerged butterflies.....I can't wait to welcome them!
Longing a long time for them and suddenly there they are....the spring flowers.....almost all together at the same time.....snowdrops, crocuses, liverleafs, violets and daisies. With unfortunately only one red sunrise it's difficult to choose one spring flower as the perfect conditions are very short....sometimes only a few seconds.
Yesterday morning it was the cyclamen turn and while I was busy with these flowers, a Little Owl was sitting a few yards away and did not pay any attention to me. Later I switched my lens but unfortunately an irritating branch disturbed my owl photo......a kind of life story at the moment as I am wishing for a tree without branches!
Unfortunately, I'm not recovered yet from the backache. I'm still unable to stoop, lay down or walk 'normal' and quickly. As I bought an old Meyer Optik lens some weeks ago, my hunger to use this lens was growing day by day. Due to my physical restrictions I was unable to photograph in a 'normal' flower growing position so I had to use a trick. The Meyer Optik lens which I bought recently is the same I already have with the difference that the condition (coating) of the 'new' one is much better and the photos are a little bit sharper.
Fortunately, my finger was still able to find the shutter button and I made a lot of photos from this blue anemone. 99% of the photos have a sharp left flower. Later when I selected the photos, I preferred the right flower to be sharp. My brain hemisphere can't argue about tastes!
Between some dark clouds, last Sunday I catched a glimpse of sunlight....since then I havn't seen the sun again till today. It was grey, grey and grey.
After a cold night the dew caused some nice reflections and I tried one of my old Meyer Optik lenses which 'creates' circles/flare patterns. The big disadventage of this lens is the lack of sharpness.
I did not process/change this image in photoshop. As I could'nt see the butterfly sharp (in liveview) I changed the lens and used my faithful Tamron.
Not exactly the same focal distance and not the same flare pattern but a sharp butterfly! I like the flare pattern of the first image but in my opinion it is too much present an tooks too much attention. In the second photo the subject is the butterfly.
As the flare pattern of the old Meyer lenses became a hype the prices of the old triplet lenses became sky-high with the result that Meyer Optik (the ones who bought the rights) will bring back to life the old Trioplan 2.8/100. The new lens is scheduled for February 2016 and a price of 1499 Euro. My old Meyer lens cost me 40 Euro.....I think I like the lack of sharpness ;-).
Although I visited the swan area a few times this week, the photos I made do not come close to the ones of last week. One early white morning it was very quiet and I could not find one single swan....for a while I was thinking that they were migrated. When I visited the area just before sunset, I found out that the swans are very frightened of dogs and while I was hiding under a tree I saw group by group leaving the lake everytime a dog was running near the shore.
But, next to the swans I have an other activity....photographing with 'old' lenses. Twenty years ago the shop windows were full with these kind of occasions. Now, it is a hype and to 'catch' some lenses is almost impossible due the high crazy prices. Recently, I bought one lens of the DDR manufacturer Meyer Optik from Jena. Meyer would be amazed finding out that their 'Trioplan 2.8/100mm' reached a price of 600 Euro....and often it has a bad condition. What a hype can do!
So obiously, I bought an other lens of Meyer under 100 Euro and I'm impressed by the softness, sharpness, depth of field and bokeh of this lens.
Jibt dir dit Leben mal een Buff, denn weene keene Träne. Lach Dir'n Ast und setz Dir druff und baumle mit de Beene.