I drive by a rather scenic area used to board and walk horses every day. I frequently see a photo-worthy scene there, but I’ve never stopped before. I’ve had several excuses, even when I’ve had my camera with me: I’m running home for dinner and don’t have time; there’s no good place to pull the car over; I’ll come back tomorrow. I finally pulled over when I saw the sun setting behind the horses and there was no traffic on the road and made this picture. I only had my relatively new 50mm f/1.4G lens with me, so that’s what I used. I like the vignetting, so I didn’t bother to crop in. Perhaps the wider scene is more subtle than cropping in on the horses anyway.
This is the first image I’ve shot in bright light at a small aperture, and it brought several dust spots on my sensor into focus, so I had to do some spotting; I need to clean the sensor. Don was giving me crap about my carefree lens-changing technique when I saw him a couple weeks back, so here’s a shout out to him that he was right that my sensor is dirty.