Another Talent

With birds out of the picture **cough, cough** until I can travel again, I’ve had plenty of time to explore the many talents of shorter, non-birding lenses. And today, the brilliance of a longer lens.

When a bird strikes a “cooperative” pose, one that aids the composition of the overall shot, I sometimes get a chance to see how good—or not—a lens is at creating background blur. Fast aperture with a long focal length doesn’t always guarantee pleasing bokeh.

With Leica’s lenses, though, one almost takes for granted that background blur will be pleasing. But sometimes we don’t realize just how pleasing until we put it to a test.

See the two shots below:

SL2/90-280mm SL