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45-megapixel NikonD850
Zeiss Milvus 35mm f/1.4

Aperture Series: Backlit Bare Aspen Trunks

I wanted something a bit more unadulterated here in terms of sky and lighting, but the cloud-cover actually makes it more challenging and a better demonstration. The backlit brilliance of the scene caught my eye directly, and then I wondered how the Milvus 35mm f/1.4 would deal with it—it seemed just the right fit.

The series looks at total imaging quality under difficult mid-day morning lighting: high contrast a very bright background sky, and white against black subject matter sure to call out any chromatic issues. My commentary revolves mainly around the total aesthetic of the lens rendering and the strikingly refined balancing of all optical tradeoffs, which transitions into world-class performance with stopping down.

Backlit Bare Aspen Trunks

Adobe Camera Raw View ACR Settings. Camera Profile = Adobe Standard. Diffraction mitigating sharpening at f/8, f/11, f/16.

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