A couple of weeks ago, I bought what in my opinion is the queen of Nikon lenses. The Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 is my first fixed lens - which I always thought were for grown-ups - and I'm still getting used to it. I've been spoilt by the choice a zoom lens offers - with this lens I have to move a little more which is a great way to learn more about composition.
Whilst I find myself bopping my head back and forth like a chicken, the results are best described as graceful. For my non-photographer friends, a lens with these credentials, of a low f stop and Nikon quality, would cost thousands of dollars. For some reason, this particular one - which not so different in quality especially for non-professionals - is probably the best value for money out there. I love it and highly recommend it.
I took these shots this morning. Click for the larger versions.
The Gardenia took a break last year and didn't flower at all. There were a couple of attempts but they were pathetic. This year, it made up for last year - and I think it's probably warning me the next year is another break! The scent of these flowers is out of this world. The plant, with and without flowers, always looks beautiful.