Sunday evening I had the opportunity to return to one of my favourite macro locations of the recent years. I used to go out for a stroll regularly in Aston Rowant NNR when we lived closer. These chalk hills have quite a variety of flora and fauna and what I especially likes,lots of different species of orchids. I had the duty to take my sister-in-law to Heathrow so on the way back I left the motorway and stopped here.
As I mentioned in my last post I had planned to shoot Bluebells and Wild Garlic by the stream next to my village. Weather-wise the last two evenings were really nice so I grabbed my camera bag and left with hope to shoot some nice close-up photos.
Finally Spring has arrived. Last week we had three days with temperature rising above 25 degree Celsius. Nature was waiting eagerly for this. These unusual hot days boosted everything. You can see daffodils, tulips, shrubs and trees in bloom all at the same time. Bluebells and Wild Garlic started to grow and develop their flowers. It's been almost a year when I last time used my lenses for macro photography. After a long cold and wet winter I really wanted to go out to lie down in the woods and just enjoy photographing these small wonders.
I woke up early on Monday morning as nice clear sky was promised by the weather forecast. I picked the location from my previous photo walk. It's a very nice view from the footpath running along the ridge about 20 minutes walk from the village.
Full frame 35mm is thought to be the most versatile focal length. When I go on a day trip with my family most of the time I use this. So far my old Canon nFD 35mm F2.8 did the job for me. Although being not a recent design it's a very solid performer on the Sony A7. The only thing I really missed was the autofocus capability. When the first rumours emerged that Samyang was going to release a native, 35mm, AF, pancake, full frame lens for Sony E-mount knew I would go for it.