First walk with the NIKKOR 50mm f1.8 D

As I recently wrote, I now have in my possession a NIKKOR 50mm f1.8 D which I am using on my D300. The weather here has been a bit rubbish lately so I’ve not used my camera that much, but I did take this lens and camera combo out on the last Saturday morning walk with our dog.

The dog likes a route we take along the river beside agricultural fields and among the local countryside, usually returning home via the church grounds or playing fields. As with all paths that a person takes often, one can become blasé about their surroundings, so I try to keep an eye out for different things to photography each time I walk it. However, it’s not always easy. I hope the following photos taken with the with the Nikkor 50mm f1.8 and D300 don’t bore you too much!

The photos

I like the colours in the photo below but I have noticed that I should have decreased the aperture somewhat as the front leaves are sharp but the wall (just a little way behind the leaves) is slightly out of focus. My depth of field here was too shallow. I still like the picture though!
Ivy on wall

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Most of the wheat had been harvested but there was still one field that the farmer hadn’t got around to. Again, it’s not an exciting photo, but the colours are quite nice. It’s also quite sharp across the whole width of the frame.
Field of wheat

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Here’s my partner and dog crossing a bridge. The dog hates the bridge and usually hunkers down as she crosses it, but I think she is slowly getting braver because in this black and white image, you can see that she appears to be walking quite normally and her tail is up. I see other people’s black and white photos and I’m often impressed however mine always seem flat by comparison. It’s something I have to work on for sure.

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Finally you can see an example of the decent bokeh that this lens produces. It’s neither distracting nor is it buttery smooth, but that might just be the subject here. It’s quite decent and pleasing to my eyes. I have a Minolta 50mm f3.5 Macro lens that I use on my Sony cameras which produces the most wonderful, smooth bokeh. I will have to dig out some photos and add them to this blog to show you what I mean as I seriously adore that lens!

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All in all, it was a pretty average walk with me taking some pretty average photos, but I like the lens and my first impressions of it are positive. My hope is that in using the Nikkor 50mm f1.8 D prime lens I can improve my photography skills and someday create images to be proud of. Thanks for reading.

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