Two pretty pictures of Western Trumpet Honeysuckle (Lonicera Ciliosa) blossoms, taken with very different lenses; for both camera and flower geeks.
This bright cheery citizen of the garden looks fetching climbing the weathered driftwood fence. I had the big old Tamron SP 70-210mm on the camera to shoot the boy’s soccer game (great fun, see what I got two summers ago), and was enjoying shooting the flowers from a dozen feet away.
Then I put on the new Pentax 40mm prime “pancake” and took some of the same pictures. I did a bit of cropping and other Lightroom magic to get the composition and colours to match up reasonably well. What do you think?
Mostly, I’m astonished how close they are. The telephoto has more extreme bokeh which, with this particular picture’s un-busy background, doesn’t make that much difference. It’s easier to fill the frame with the telephoto zoom, so after cropping that shot is about 1700 pixels square, compared to the 1200 or so with the prime lens, which might make a difference at printing time. Remember, I have the original Pentax “*ist D” which is only six MP.
Actually getting the picture was easier with the telephoto. But it’s such a huge swollen heavy beast, the chance that I’ll take it along on any given outing is relatively low; also the shots come slower, partly because it doesn’t auto-focus, but also because of the zoom apparatus.