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My experiments with a 50mm prime lens

Happy Diwali!
I just celebrated Diwali back home on the 3rd with my family and other than the usual good food, lights and festive atmosphere associated with this festival, this time around, I had my camera and  the awesome 50mm prime lens to look forward to. 😀

In case you aren’t familiar, Diwali, celebrated on a new moon night, is the festival of lights and arguably the biggest festival in Northern India. The whole city is lit up with oil lamps and led strips and the night itself is celebrated with suppressed booms of fireworks becoming an integral part of the soundscape.

I used my Nikon D5100 with the 50mm f/1.8D for the most part of the night and came up with some good shots which I’m happy with. I’m still getting used to the manual focusing, so please pardon minor blurs 😛 But I sure did have a lot of fun clicking portraits, bokeh, fireworks and even something equivalent of steel-wool photography which I tried to do using sparklers or ‘phooljhadi’s as we call them here.

I really hope I keep practicing so that I can improve my photography with this lens to improve the focusing, framing and choice of depth of field of shots; basically the three main things I feel are important with respect to this nifty-fifty.

P.S.: I’m still too lazy to look up and copy the EXIF for each one of these and I didn’t want something like that to delay this post any further, let me know if  you want them for any particular shot.