The Nifty Fifty in action
I was told to go out and buy the Canon 50mm f/1.8 II, mainly because it’s a great lens for the money. And being an obedient kind of guy, I did what I was told.
One of the curses of photographing life in Japan is trying to take pictures indoors. There are no long light summer evenings. And restaurants, bars and people’s home alike seem either to have nasty fluorescent strip lighting or are underlit to the point of near darkness. None of which is conducive to nice shots.
But this lens opens up to f/1.8 (unlike the f/4.something of the kit lens) and in low light, it’s so quick and sharp.
So much to the cat’s chagrin, the moratorium on annoying your house-pets has been lifted.
The factors working in my favour are firstly that the lens is really quick, so she doesn’t have much time to work up a lather. And secondly that’s a heated carpet she’s on, so her irritation threshold is a good deal higher.
…and here with a blanket for when a heated carpet simply isn’t enough for a cat.
However, it’s not all mad-catman pictures. I have left the house too. Down at the shrine on the corner the ice had only just been broken on the basin in the chōzuya (手水舎 – a little pavillion where you perform your ablutions before going to pray).
And up the hill in the forest… well, not much was happening at all really.