Golden Autumn Day

IMG_9739Canon EOS 6D (200mm, f/2.8, 1/200 sec, ISO100)

The Last Leaf. Almost. I just returned from a 3 weeks business trip in South East Asia. This time I missed home. A couple of days ago my wife sent me a picture of our garden taken with her iPhone. It looked just great. All the trees were glowing red and yellow. When I finally reached home most of the trees have lost their leaves.

IMG_9612Canon EOS 6D (200mm, f/4, 1/500 sec, ISO100)
IMG_9617Canon EOS 6D (200mm, f/4, 1/125 sec, ISO160)
IMG_9599Canon EOS 6D (200mm, f/2.8, 1/400 sec, ISO100)

Most but not all. There were enough left to take some golden autumn pictures.

This year I travelled a lot. I had a 3 week vacation in California, three business trips in South East Asia and a one week vacation in Croatia. In total I spent more than 10 weeks abroad. I saw a lot of new and spectacular things but “there is no place like home”. All the images in this post I took in my backyard. Beauty can be found everywhere. No need to fly  around half of the globe.

IMG_9716Canon EOS 6D (115mm, f/8, 1/125 sec, ISO200)
IMG_9707Canon EOS 6D (200mm, f/2.8, 1/160 sec, ISO125)
IMG_9731Canon EOS 6D (200mm, f/2.8, 1/320 sec, ISO100)

When I saw the light in the trees I took my Canon 6D and put on the great 2.8/70-200 L IS II. There is no question that smaller sensors improved a lot. APS-C sensors have become very, very good and even m43 can give you excellent results. They offer great results at ISO settings unthinkable a couple of years ago.

But nothing beats a fast lens on a full frame camera. The extremely shallow depth of field, the way it renders the out of focus parts in the image, the way it deals with light. I love compact, big sensor cameras like my Fuji XP1 or my Ricoh GR but full frame is best. Size does matter!

IMG_9682Canon EOS 6D (200mm, f/8, 1/125 sec, ISO250)
IMG_9747Canon EOS 6D (200mm, f/8, 1/200 sec, ISO100)

When I saw the planes in the sky I thought about how much I love to travel. Ever since my very first trip to Scotland more than 20 years ago. Nothing has changed. I still love to travel, to meet people, to see places. I’m much older now but I’m still excited and curious like a child when travelling and it will never change. And there is another thing that will not change: I always love to come home.

IMG_9694Canon EOS 6D (75mm, f/4, 1/2500 sec, ISO100)