Sissinghurst

While I experiment with the delights of the X100s (gorgeous look, snappy and quick, good to excellent AF, very good IQ) I go back to some photos I processed in the past months. These are from a visit to Sissinghurst Castle, in Kent. Sissinghurst is a mansion with a very variegated history (in the 1700s it was even a prison!), but we owe its current look and its gorgeous gardens to Vita Sackville-West, who shaped them beginning in the 1930s. Unfortunately the day was gloomy and the season not advanced enough to enjoy the entire range of colours that a sunny day in full bloom might have offered, but it was still very atmospheric and awe-inspiring.
On a technical note, a part from my beloved FE 35mm, I used a combination that I really like: the Sigma 105 Macro EX DG (not the newer OS version which is apparently much too heavy for the A7R) on the LA-EA4. All shot handheld (thus the shallow depth of field on the macros…). All the pictures with the Sigma 105 Macro show a non branded 100-300 lens in the EXIF, I don’t know why. Now I have discovered the wonderful LensTagger, so it is no longer a problem, but at the time I processed these I hadn’t yet!

Let me begin with the 35mm and some details of the castle:

Thinking A7R, FE 2.8/35, f2.8, 1/400, ISO100

Thinking
A7R, FE 2.8/35, f2.8, 1/400, ISO100

 

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and there it was,… the goblet of fire…
A7R, FE 2.8/35, f2.8, 1/320, ISO10

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Through the window A7R, FE 2.8/35, f5.6, 1/160, ISO100

And now some with the sigma 105 macro, beginning with the custodian of the Sissinghurst lake!

Guarding A7R, Sigma EX DG 2.8/105, f2.8, 1/200, ISO100

Guarding
A7R, Sigma EX DG 2.8/105, f2.8, 1/200, ISO100

 

Sprouting A7R, Sigma EX DG 2.8/105, f2.8, 1/640, ISO100

Sprouting
A7R, Sigma EX DG 2.8/105, f2.8, 1/640, ISO100

Two A7R, Sigma EX DG 2.8/105, f5.6, 1/125, ISO125

Two
A7R, Sigma EX DG 2.8/105, f5.6, 1/125, ISO125

Ok, enough with the details: the masterpieces and undiscussed protagonists of the castle are the flowers.

Four... And Counting A7R, Sigma EX DG 2.8/105, f4, 1/250, ISO200

Four… And Counting
A7R, Sigma EX DG 2.8/105, f4, 1/250, ISO200

A7R, Sigma EX DG 2.8/105, f4, 1/250, ISO100

A7R, Sigma EX DG 2.8/105, f4, 1/250, ISO100

Blossoming A7R, Sigma EX DG 2.8/105, f8, 1/200, ISO500

Blossoming
A7R, Sigma EX DG 2.8/105, f8, 1/200, ISO 500

A7R, FE 2.8/35, f2.8, 1/600, ISO100 (OK, this is not the 105, but still, it's Sissinghurst's flowers)

A7R, FE 2.8/35, f2.8, 1/600, ISO100
(OK, this is not the 105, but still, it’s Sissinghurst’s flowers)

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