I met my mother today because we wanted to go shopping together in a big shopping center. I shot some very cool portraits of my mother on the way to the malls, and even inside the shopping center because Christmas trees or any Christmas lights make a nice bokeh portrait background. We definitely had fun, although my mother is a bit shy because strangers were curious and looked, but I told her “You will get used to it”. As a German, I can tell you, taking photos or posing for a portrait is definitely not normal in Germany. For the photographer it might be normal, but strangers (especially old people) always look as if you come from another planet. It’s maybe curiosity, or they are curious if I am a professional because of the big camera, I don’t know. I hated it when I started with photography, but now I don’t care anymore. However, my mother did notice it that people were curious, but that’s why I told her that she will get used to it.
I can tell you, my Nikon 50mm 1.8G lens is awesome on my D7100 for shooting portraits, it’s effectively 75mm due to the 1.5x crop factor of the DX sensor, but this is really a nice focal length for portraits as I noticed today. As I said, the wide aperture of the lens allows me to blur out the background and keep only the person in the picture sharp, with lights in the background the results are really interesting. For portraits alone, purchasing the lens was already the best decision I could make. I think I wrote about the idea the first time in September, but I am glad that I really decided to get my hands on a 50mm lens. I am definitely not someone who makes fast decisions, if you consider that I made the decision not until December. Most of the time, I will use this lens for portrait photography, but this lens works so well with other subjects as well.
As I mentioned in another post, the focal length is also perfect when it comes to food photography. I did not have this in my mind, but it totally makes sense now that I used the lens since some days. What I like is that I don’t have to be too far away from the dish, but also not too close. Then again, even in this case I can play with depth of field, maybe highlight the foreground and blur out the background. Yes, I am a bit amazed by the wide aperture now, I do take a lot of pictures at f/1.8 with this lens, but I guess this will settle down over time. Now it’s different to me, my previous lenses did not have that option, that’s why I am crazy about it now. I found a sausage stand with my mother today, and we wanted to eat a Bockwurst. Of course I had to take a picture of my two Bockwürstchen. I do usually eat it with mustard, but today I also added ketchup as I couldn’t decide for one. Basic math, if you have two Bockwurst, you can eat one with mustard, another one with ketchup (laugh). I hope I didn’t make you hungry now.