Fixed 50mm 2.8 lens
|Every once in a while you get lucky|
No, I'm not referring to the couple in the boat with that header, but to myself. Immediately after moving to North Carolina in 1990, the only camera I had was an old classic rangefinder with a fixed lens, no meter, and a really poor focus system. Photography was largely hit or miss.
Wandering around University Lake in Chapel Hill, NC, I chanced upon an area that framed the sunlight reflecting off of the lake nicely within a break in the trees. I wanted to use it, but there wasn't a strong subject.
Almost immediately, I heard the splashing of oars, and discovered these obliging boaters were going to pass right through my composition! I set up my tripod and just guessed at the exposure, knowing nothing about flare, so no hood and no attempt to shield the lens. Click!
Amazingly, I think the deep flare from above actually works, and the lack of a meter probably allowed me to get a better exposure than one that would have tried to compensate. A few years later, I got another surprise when I reprinted the enlargement myself, and discovered that the original lab had trashed the colors pretty badly — there were some great blues and greens that hadn't appeared in the first print.
And the final thing I like about this shot is… you'll notice it's the woman that's doing the rowing… :-)