While the zoom lenses of today are far superior to the ones that existed back when I used to photograph over 20 years ago, one thing that hasn't changed that much, is the small maximum apertures that they possess - unless you can afford a good one that also has a wide maximum aperture, but that is costly. The lack of shallow depth of field tended to bother me when at times I really wanted a softer background than whatever zoom I was using could provide. That's why I decided to purchase Nikon's 50mm f1.8. Light weight, tiny (it could fit in my jacket pocket), sharp and inexpensive, I could toss it in even my smallest camera bag, or jacket and give me a chance to add some nice soft backgrounds to my shots.
Today was the second day I chose to put my new creative tool to work. I decided to use the Bethesda Fountain area in Central Park as a testing grounds for it, as there is almost always something worth photographing going on there. As per usual it didn't take long for me to find a scene that begged to be captured, and it was a perfect candidate for the soft background treatment to boot.
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