I’ve spent the last few days snatching moments to play with my new toy. I have had my eye on a 50mm lens for a while as it is reputed to be amazing quality for very little expenditure. Even though my buddy Camilla often tells me it is not the camera, or the lens but the skill of the photographer I have still been hankering after this beauty for a while.

First and most obvious benefit is that it has a shallow focus meaning messy backgrounds are blurred and artful. It is also making me move with the light more than I would have to with my usual kit lens. The shot above looked terrible from every other angle (in terms of light, I know the peonies are on their last legs). The shot below was taken from the same angle at the same time of day with the difference being the sun is hitting the top of the (new) peonies. Not a perfect shot by any means but interesting how the background goes black (I always wondered how that worked).

I’m enjoying taking pictures of flowers with it mostly because they don’t rush about too much.

Betsy makes a good model (when she is sleeping).

The other two, however, are going to take some practice…

I bought my new lens from Amazon with some birthday vouchers from family and some other vouchers from the Fairy Hob Mother. He visited me while I was on holiday to offer me a small treat from the friendly folk at Appliances Online who have some seriously impressive cookers amongst other things. One of the most magical things about the Fairy Hob Mother is that he likes to make new friends so leave a comment below and he could be visiting you next…

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  • Reply Abby June 2, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Wow, very beautiful. I especially love the third shot and the one of Betsy.

    Generally speaking, I agree with your friend, but there is something to be said for great equipment, surely. This really makes me want to finally invest in a dslr so I can start a lens collection of my own!

    • Reply Kat June 9, 2011 at 5:22 pm

      I couldn’t go back, very tempted to get my Dad’s SLR and lenses out to play…

  • Reply grace June 2, 2011 at 8:39 am

    great shots, I really like the lavender one, have just treated myself to a 50mm 1.4 (canon) and love, love it, meant to buy the much cheaper 1.8 but went to the camera shop and was so persuaded to upgrade….you saved by using amazon!

    • Reply Kat June 9, 2011 at 5:24 pm

      Thank you. Wow, the 1.4 sounds awesome!

  • Reply Kitschy Coo June 2, 2011 at 10:30 am

    As usual, jealous on several levels:

    1. Great photography and swanky camera equipment
    2. Attention from the Fairy Hobmother. 15 months without a cooker, my friend.
    3. Proximity to Betsy

    • Reply Kat June 9, 2011 at 5:30 pm

      Thanks KC

  • Reply kat @ slugs June 2, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    i love my 50mm. And while I agree somewhat with your friend the quality of camera does make a big difference (in the hands of a skills photog such as yourself)

    • Reply Kat June 9, 2011 at 5:32 pm

      Very kind, slowly getting to grips with it but it’s the first fixed length lens I’ve used in about twenty years!

  • Reply Solveig June 3, 2011 at 8:54 am

    We’ve just bought our first ‘decent’ camera and we are so pleased with the difference it has made. It’s still quite basic (we are not much of photographers!) but it’s more than just a point and shoot and we love it. Makes a massive difference.

    Love your peonies.

    • Reply Kat June 9, 2011 at 5:33 pm

      I love how much light I get with mine, much closer to film days.

  • Reply Camilla June 3, 2011 at 11:52 am

    I love your photos Kat. I think you have a great eye for a picture.

    • Reply Kat June 9, 2011 at 5:33 pm

      You are always very kind x

  • Reply karen June 3, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    this made me giggle. children do have an annoying habit of moving unexpectedly don’t they? so inconsiderate!. my teenagers are going through the ‘don’t look at me i’m ugly’ stage. equally annoying as they are gorgeous!
    oh and the camera is lovely too!
    loving your blog missus!
    reddskingyal x

    • Reply Kat June 9, 2011 at 5:35 pm

      If only teens could see themselves without filters, they will look back at those photos and marvel at their beauty.

  • Reply Fiona Maclean June 3, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Your flower photos are lovely! very inspirational! I wish I had your eye, I tend to agree with your buddy Camilla that it’s not (just) the equipment but the skill of the photographer.

    • Reply Kat June 9, 2011 at 5:36 pm

      You are very kind, I think the subject of my pictures has as much to do with their success as anything!

  • Reply Mockduck June 4, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    My iPhone did that black background thing the other day on a really macro shot- actually I am quite amazed at the camera quality on the iPhone, the difference being that there’s no skill required, or indeed given space to flourish even if I did have it.

    Other than that, I need reminding why Kitschycoo hasn’t gone out and bought the most expensive oven in the shop.

    • Reply Kat June 9, 2011 at 5:38 pm

      I love my iPhone too although get frustrated with the capture delay. I hope KC caught you up as it is a terrible bind!

  • Reply Zoe C June 4, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Lovely images, agree so much about practising on the older children, they just don’t stay still do they!

    Totally agree with you friend Camilla, just the equipment will never make you a great photographer. I always advise to start out low, then when you know you have outgrown the equipment, then buy up. That way you are buying the better equipment as your addiction to the skill increases and there is no pressure to be amazing straight away!

    Enjoy that 50mm 1.8. I’m hankering after a tilt-shift lens these days.

  • Reply Super Kat (@thatkat) (@thatkat) September 2, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    @scamp_babygifts Oh no! Poor you :( My lens is a 50mm: which I wrote about here:

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