The Houston Zoo March 2016
I have been part of the Katy Photography Meetup for about five years now. We occasionally do fun outings such as this group Houston Zoo trip where users can practice with their cameras, ask for help and meet other photographers from the Katy area. This Houston Zoo event was designated our beginners group, so I decided to use this time to assist others and also play with one of the lenses I do not normally use, a 1976 Reflex-Nikkor F/11 1000mm with manual focus and no image stabilization. It was a major pain and I fought with it all day!
This “Reflex-Nikkor” lens is known for… “donut bokeh”. To understand what this means, you need to know that “bokeh” is. Bokeh is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. Basically bokeh is the “pretty” blurry background behind a subject. The use of it is supposed to make the subject pop!
Sample of normal “pretty” bokeh that makes you focus on the subject.
Donut bokeh is also blurry, but blurry in a bad way. It creates circles (resemble donuts) that cause your attention to focus on it rather than the subject.
Here is an out of focus picture of nothing, but showing the donut bokeh. Your eye will focus on the circular donuts in the photo and will distract you from the main subject.
Here are three photos from the Zoo event that show this pretty well.
I do not recommend this lens to anyone other than if you want to challenge yourself.
Altogether, I was surprised to get this many keepers.
Thanks everyone who attended, it was a great time!