Horses at f/1.4

Review Update

House in Queenstown

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Have you seen the Nikon 50mm Review? It’s been recently updated with a few new photos for you.

Staying in Queenstown

I had a heck of a time finding a house that looks to the west, so I can selfishly take photos every evening at sunset! Here is a quick photo of a place in Queenstown in an area called Kelvin Heights. We found this spot on — which is a great resource for finding rental houses. Thanks for all the suggestions to use that site from visitors here on the site. I appreciate it!

Daily Photo – Horses at f/1.4

Everything looks better at f/1.4! Kids, flowers, horses, and anything else with nice details really look amazing at f/1.4. In fact, this is a tiny little secret in the photography world. Even a rookie can make something look pretty special when using this lens! Sure, it doesn’t always work out, and you still need good composition, but some extremely unique photos pop out from time to time.

By the way, if you get one of these lenses, a simple tip is to focus on the inside part of the closest eye. That usually works out very well.

I saw this guy on a little photowalk in Yellowstone. I gave the photowalk group an assignment — to find interesting stuff and take photos on aperture priority. This is one of the ones I came back with to present on the big screen. It was fun to sit there with everyone after the walk and compare/critique photos. I usually don’t have a chance to do that on photowalks, but the leisurely pace was a welcome change in my too-busy life!

HDR Photo

  • Love the shallow depth of field here. Very nice change from your usual style!

  • casusan

    Super one Trey – I think that horse is staring at me! Your place looks cool in NZ – am sure you’re in heaven shooting all those sunsets! Too soon I know it will be time to leave – but hey, there’s always the next time!

  • Nice shot as always, did you get my tweet?

  • Simon Morris

    Kelvin Heights… nice secluded spot and just a short hop to Queenstown, perfect!
    You’ve had some great weather down there… they’re forecasting another cracker tomorrow, enjoy the rest of your stay guys 🙂

  • Avaviel

    For Canon there is also the f1.8 50mm, priced at $100. It has worked wonders for me – especially considering that the comparable 1.4 lens is priced $300+.

  • Very cool – I remember the days where I used to disregard blurriness or lack of focus in a photo and this is a fine example of how it can be used to good advantage – nice work! Just back from NYC yesterday – great times were had but jetlag and general fatigue are beginning to catch up now.

  • Patrick Ahles

    Beautiful DOF.

  • Good Morning,
    This photo begs “more” with a smile – Joseph :o)

  • Gail in Montana

    Wow, Trey, what a nice place to rent a home, lovely spot. That horse in yellowstone is staring at me, too, lol. Nice close up. Are you still planning on moving to New Zealand??? Hope you are successful in finding a permanent home if you are. It is truely a beautiful country that we would love to visit!!!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Mitch Sacks

    The URL for Bookabach is incorrect, it should be NOT

  • Cool shot. I love using my 50mm, especially with kids.

  • Thanks all…

    Andy – glad you had fun in NYC – knew you would!

    Gail – yes – still the general plan, but we are still several steps from making it happen!

    Mitch – oh thanks! Will fix that.

  • I agree with your enthusiasm for the 50mm prime. I have a $100 Canon f/1.8 50mm and love it! I got it for Christmas and found myself rolling around on the floor shooting the kids with the Christmas tree in the background (great bokeh from the tree lights). I even took it to the grocery store this weekend and shot the kids with the produce section as the background– hey, it’s cheaper than buying a backdrop.

  • @Avaviel – The difference in $200 price from f1.8 and f1.4 is totally worth it. I wish I could go f1.2 but not sure if Nikon does that – I know Canon does though!

  • It is a very nice shot. Very well done. Keep up the good work.

  • Thanks for sharing this great shot. I’m always looking for new ways to capture horses and this sounds like a great idea that I’ll try out soon.

  • Tom Leparskas

    Trey: I hope you make it to NZ. My friend Gail lives there – a transplanted Aussie – and she just can’t say enough about her new country. Love your work – and all your tips!

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