Trees in the city

imageIllusion, New Haven, Connecticut © Steven Willard

I enjoy walking around New Haven. It has a small downtown that is easy to walk, with a group of buildings that are diverse enough to be interesting, especially if one includes the Yale campus. It obviously can’t compete with Manhattan, but for me it’s a good way to experience urban street photography without the train ride into the City.

I had a legacy Pentax 50mm f1.4 manual focus on my K5IIs which works out to an equivalent of a short telephoto of 75mm for full frame. This is a nice focal length for isolating interesting details. I really enjoyed how this tree looked against the apartment building behind it; nature versus man made, and especially this image where it appears a branch is growing right out of the window. I kind of like the illusion.

For those interested, the old legacy lens is respectably sharp wide open (remember the APSC sensor is only using the sweet center of the lens), and stopped down from f 3.5 to f11 it’s wonderfully sharp and the multi-coating controls flare very well. Another thing; the old style manual focus helicals in brass have a much better feel than newer auto focus lenses.

Processed in Snapseed on my iPad Air. From a new project; Trees in an urban setting.







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