Back when I first added the Sony A7R to my camera bag I was having a lot of fun by using my Nikon lenses with it through a lens adapter. It’s pretty enjoyable getting to use a lightweight camera with a quality lens and all the while using manual focus (and in some cases, manual aperture). It’s the caveat of using a Nikon lens with my Sony camera with an adapter but I don’t feel like it’s a hindrance at all. Rather I find that it helps me improve my eye and my ability to pull focus as quickly as I may need to in any given situation. Of course, just as with this image, I don’t always get my focus spot on, but I’m still pleased with what I can get and how quickly I can get focus with the practice I’ve had from this shot to now. For this image I decided to take a walk through Griffith Park here in Los Angeles practicing some basic photography skills with my, at the time, new toy and I decided to grab a shot of this leaf. Though it was hanging fairly alone on the almost completely bare branch, it was easy to see that he didn’t have to spend his days on that tree by himself. He was surrounded by some great natural colors and I loved how it looked with the sun shining down and behind it while it was blurred out in the background. Just writing about this has me thinking I’ll go back to some manual lenses for a while just to have some fun. Because ultimately, that’s one thing that’s great about hobbies that we love, right? It’s because it’s fun!