Edwin B. Forsythe NWR

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First time visiting Forsythe. As with all of the NWR system it is a beautiful place and worth multiple visits. The visitor center is at the southernmost end of the refuge in the vicinity of Absecon, NJ. Technically, Oceanville, NJ. Here’s the not so great — THE GARDEN STATE PARKWAY construction. What. a. mess. And, […]

Bokeh to the max

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Shot at Longwood Gardens railroad display with the Minolta 50mm f/1.7 on the Sony A65. This is my favorite Minolta lens and my #1 walking around lens. Great for portraits and low light situations. It’s razor sharp and creates beautiful bokeh when wide open.  Available on eBay for approximately $50.00. Can’t go wrong. Minolta AF […]

Bokeh crazy

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Bokeh can be beautiful. It can also be crazy. Especially when using the Minolta MD Rokkor-X 500mm mirror lens. Because the lens is not refractive it requires a careful choice of background to avoid doughnut bokeh. Catadioptric lenses use two mirrors. The secondary mirror partially blocks the main mirror blocking out the center of each light […]