Red tailed mother carrying avocado branch © Robert Sommers 2023

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Los Angeles County Arboretum

Ken and I played hookey yesterday and traveled to Burbank to attend a meeting of our photography group, Clickers and Flickers, which just celebrated its thirtieth anniversary. An amazing assortment of film and photo enthusiasts.

Stopped in Lake Elsinore and had a great lunch at Don Jose's and then tooled up north. I lost a piece of a tooth or a crown somewhere along the way and that was sort of aggravating but I wasn't going to let it ruin my day.

We usually plan a photo diversion before a meeting and yesterday we stopped at the Los Angeles County Arboretum in Arcadia, Lucky Baldwin's old spread.

It had been a long time since I had been there and it was more beautiful than I remembered. In fact I am ready to go back! A lot of stuff in bloom. The grounds were immaculate. 

I was messing around with the Nikkor 85mm 1.8d, trying to shoot as close as I could to wide open to hone my craft. Manually focussed all day. Shot the new Bower 14mm 2.8 a bit too, getting ready for my astrophotography session next week.

It is going to take some time to process the shots but I am generally pleased. Meeting was good up at the Castaways, people's presentations of their work was better than ever. Long day  but worth it.

Fast lens's are cool. Just got the 55mm f1.2 and am looking forward to using it as well, need to send it off for an ai conversion.

Didn't bring a macro but still had fun playing with selective focus and flattened depth of field.

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