Spring Made it to Western New York

May 04, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

Maybe it's just me but spring 2020 has felt slow to come to Western New York. Sure, it paid us a visit a few times, it teased us with pleasant temperatures, with a gorgeous blue sky, and with a good dose of sunshine. But then it always left, leaving heavy clouds, lots of rain, and cold temperatures.

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Sure, at least we can't complain about drought. It's actually the other way around and farms have struggled getting machinery into the fields to seed the 2020 crops. And the forecast still calls for the white stuff by next weekend. As my wife passionately points out, it always snows in Buffalo, NY in May. It still surprises me and mildly annoys me nevertheless. Catkins, Blue Sky Theme, Spring in Western New YorkCatkins, Blue ThemeSpring in Western New York

Catkins, Blue Theme, Spring in Western New York
Photographed on film: Nikon N75, Nikon AF Nikkor 28-105, Kodak Portra 160

All of these photos were taken about 5 minutes from where I live along a trail we walk almost daily. While I did not have a camera on me this day these beautiful catkins provided enough of a reason to finish the walk, grab a camera, and had back for more. Yep, no leaving it for another day!

Catkins, Gray Theme, Spring in Western New YorkCatkins, Gray ThemeSpring in Western New York

Catkins, Gray Theme, Spring in Western New York
Photographed on film: Nikon N75, Nikon AF Nikkor 28-105, Kodak Portra 160

For these close ups I took advantage of the macro capability built into the zoom lens. It's a really nice convenience that was common when shooting fixed lens cameras or many point and shoots. With SLRs, one gives that convenience up for gain in versatility and quality and needs to carry a dedicated macro lens or extension tubes. This 28 - 105 mm lens provides a nice compromise. While not a true 1:1 macro lens it can get to 1:2 magnification in a convenient and lightweight combo. I have really enjoyed this lens as an all purpose lens on the plastic fantastic Nikon N75 (or F75 outside of the U.S.).

Catkins, Green Grass Theme, Spring in Western New YorkCatkins, Green ThemeSpring in Western New York

Catkins, Green Theme, Spring in Western New York
Photographed on film: Nikon N75, Nikon AF Nikkor 28-105, Kodak Portra 160

I also had fun changing my point of view to get different backgrounds. I angled the lens slightly up and the blue sky provided a wonderful backdrop. I went straight and against the woods and there was a nice woody background. And finally, a little downward tilt and a move to the side and the grass provided yet another color background.

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

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