My old 135mm f2.8 series E lens was not as badly harmed from fungus damage as some of my other manual focus lenses and after cleaning it with mixed success myself, I slipped it in my bag these past few days to try it out under various lighting conditions and see how it performed. After giving it a restrained passing grade for the shots I captured the other day of a bride and groom while I was standing under the overpass at the Bethesda fountain, I brought it along with me again today as I made my way through the soggy city after my doctors appointment.
As I made a winding trip through the upper eastern corner of the park on this off again on again, sunny then rainy afternoon, I came across a wedding party in the Conservatory Gardens. Some of them in interesting ethnic garb made for fabulous photo potential, however even though they were in a public place and it was not closed off for private use, I just couldn't get over the slight feeling of intrusion even though no one paid me any mind as I walked about with my camera (yet another reason I love my Spider Holster, it makes my equipment far less conspicuous at my hip than around my neck). So I left the wedding party alone to enjoy their special event. The wedding musicians sitting across the pool diagonally from them on the other hand I considered open game. My favorite street lens (Nikon's 16-85mm zoom) was sitting at the ready, but first I stepped back several paces so I could see how my old 135mm f2.8 handled a low contrast scene when I opened her up as wide as she could go.
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