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Japanese Tea Garden

Spring in the tea garden in San Mateo Central Park

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New Lens, Canon 50mm STM

Trying out my new lens, the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM. It’s a small lens and the lightest of any I own. It’s also not terribly expensive, making it a good candidate for hikes. A lot of reviewers recommend it for portraits, which don’t really interest me unless they are flower portraits, but I think it’s going to be a good walking around lens. Here are today’s best shots:

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Sunlight Through Trees

Today I went for a hike in Wunderlich park and I took my wide angle lens.

I was thinking of my post from the other day about the photos that give me the feeling of hiking, and I observed that light is really the thing. I especially like the light when the sun is directly in front of me, somewhat low in the sky either morning or afternoon, and casting long shadows over the trails. The photos of this light scenario tend to have a lot of contrast, with the sun blasting out the foreground. Or if I adjust for the foreground, the sky and background becomes enveloped to be in a fog of light.

The impressionists had it right.

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Hiking Feeling

I’ve been looking back over my photos for art subject reference materials, and I notice that I react to photos that aren’t the ones I initially chose as my favorites from the batch. For example, the following photos, which I  included neither in my first post about this hike in Wunderlich park nor in my second, seem to capture the essence and the feeling of hiking. They stir up solid memories of being in these places, the smell of the air, the sound of the breeze ruffling the leaves, the smell of unknown herbs and flowers.