I took the camera along in the car with me today, not really expecting to have an opportunity to do anything with it but hoping against all hope that I might snatch a few minutes here or there to test out the capabilities of the new lens. On the way into town, we spotted beautiful mists rising off the waters at Middle Cove. John suggested that we dodge down and have a look, but it turned out that the effect was not particularly suited to a 50mm lens; it was more a wide-angle lens sort of deal. The pictures I managed were okay, but nothing that made me want to share them.
After I dropped John at work, I was driving through town when I noticed that the same misty water phenomenon that had attracted my to Middle Cove was occurring on Rennies River even as I drove over it. I dodged up a side road, hauled over and jumped out. Then I realized that I didn’t have a lens cap. Odd. It wasn’t in the camera bag. Must have dropped it…. at Middle Cove. Damn.
I decided that there was nothing to be gained by driving all the way out to Middle Cove that very instant and headed on to check out Rennies River. The mists were lovely, but again, it would have been better to photograph them with either a zoom or a wide-angle. With a 50mm, I was stuck somewhere in-between. The above shot was taken with a softening filter at 1/6000 of a second. That’s super-fast, in case you don’t speak camera. It was a very bright day.
While not ideally suited to all landscape work, the Nikon f1.8D 50mm shone brilliantly at some close-up work.
This was one of the chief reasons for which I had purchased it, so I was very happy. I should be able to do some very nice work-related shots with it, given how it behaved today.
So half an hour of wading around up to my hips in snow, I decided to head back to Middle Cove and see if the sea had spared my lens cap. By my calculations, the tide should have been on its way out, which was good because I figured that it had fallen near the waterline, when I put the camera back into the case (the cap didn’t completely snap on, obviously).
Unless there were any beachcombers with a particular interest in 52mm lens caps, I might just luck out and find it on the rocks…