We have some lavender plants in our garden. Every fall the plants seem to die. All the blossoms wither and the twigs shrivel. Thus, we trim them usually. But, we start trimming not earlier but the blossoms are withered.
This year this particular plant (although we have it already for some years) wasn’t interested to stop blooming. Even in December, when we got some snow, they didn’t stop. And now, in February, they are still blooming. What a surprise!
During the last years I have put together a collection of the best 10 photos of the respective year at the turn of the year. Now, I’m continuing that tradition. 🙂
My yearbook consists of about 90 color images and 19 monochrome images. 13 of these are printed as a big wall calendar. So, I could simply pick 10 out of that 13 🙂 But, I didn’t. Instead, I looked through all of the developed images from 2017 again and picked my best ones, because I don’t have to follow a certain theme or common sense.
Today’s image isn’t taken with a common camera lens. Instead, it’s taken with a projector lens (slide projector) made by Meyer Optik located in Görlitz (then G.D.R, now FRG): Pentacon 100/2.8. It’s a complete manual lens: fixed aperture of f/2.8, fixed length of 100mm, manual focus by screwing the front-lens in and out. The lens holder can be removed, so the length of the tube limits the minimum distance.
Currently I don’t have much time, so I was able to spend only a few minutes for testing the lens. But, I’m looking forward to test it extensive soon. It’s considered as a bokeh monster.
The lens module sticks inside a tube. Inside the tube you can move it forward and backwards and you can screw it in and out for focussing. But, you can also pull it out of the tube. On the backside of the tube (opposite to the lens module) one has attached a minimum part of a bayonet. So, I can mount it on front of my camera. Although, I don’t have an aperture inside the lens and the focussing has to be done manually, I can use it quite normal. The light-meter works fine. Thus I can use my camera as always: in A Mode. Instead of dialing in an aperture, I have the fixed aperture of f/2.8 and the camera finds the correct shutter-speeds based on the ISO value.
Focussing is done by moving the lens module inside the tube. Now, the focus has to be fine tuned by modifying the distance between camera and subject.
This is my contribution to Monochrome Madness organized by Leanne Cole. Look at here site on Thursday (Australian time), to see many more monochrome images created by many other talented photographers from all over the world.
I’d also encourage you to participate. The conditions are published in each of her Monochrome Madness posts.