I had a couple of goals the other morning-- shoot some leaves and put the standard kit lens through its paces with depth of field experiments.
The location-- the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Trail, near Broadway and the Lackawanna River in Scranton.
Serious photographers look down their noses at kit lenses, the ones that come with the camera. I get that. Versatile? Yes. Capable of producing interesting images? Sometimes. I wanted to play with depth of field and background blur, so I opened it up as far as it would go-- 3.5. It's OK, but prime lesnses I carry with me can do better. I shot on Av, and my camera seemed to over compensate for the bright sunlight by giving me a very fast shutter speed. That means a slightly underexposed photo, and I fixed that with some post production. It's also possible the camera overcompensated for the bright yellow leaves in the background.
It's hardly a Top Ten photo, but I do like the end result. I'll go in to a little more detail on Sunday.