The second anniversary of this blog just passed a little while ago (as announced by my credit card statement) and I realized I haven't organized any of my Japan trip photos yet. Hopefully I'll get around to it eventually. I usually try to do a bit of post-research when I write about vacation places, so I think I've been putting it off because of that. But procrastination is really just par for the course for me.
Anyways, I went up to the mountain this weekend hoping for some nice cherry blossoms. It turned out quite lackluster and almost not worth the effort, but I took a few shots anyways since I was already there and had my camera.
I brought my 25 mm (50 mm full frame equivalent) prime lens, so I could only get to the low hanging branches or off-shoots on the tree. There were definitely not enough flowers on the branches to be taking landscape shots.
I love the bokeh this lens gives but I'm not terribly good at actually taking pictures. My love for close-up shots with blurry background combined with no viewfinder (and nearsightedness) typically in very few properly focused photos from the many I take.
I'd like to shell out for a 35 mm lens eventually (17 mm on my PEN) but I really don't take photos enough to justify it. While I can feel that the prime lens is training me to be a better photographer (as in I have to work harder for each good shot and am actually paying attention to aperture and stuff instead of just setting everything on auto) I actually quite like the kit lens that the PEN comes with. I typically take only the kit lens with me while travelling, and the prime lens when I'm out and about locally (street or food photos).