More remarkable even than the beauty of the setting sun over Warszawa may be the fact that in the almost-ten years I’ve been admiring this view it never occurred to me to photograph it until this year. (Last year, some of you might recall, all I saw were airplanes and helicopters.) Now, if the view were new, or my camera were new, that might explain a few things, but my camera is an entry-level digital SLR manufactured by Canon in 2005, and it’s nearly as old as the view. A decade older still is the lens I use to capture these light shows in the sky: my trusty fixed-focal-length 2.8 aperture 200mm L-series workhorse. And what a lens it is—solid and gentle, long and bright, enduring. Considering just how dated and unremarkable the camera body is by today’s standards, it’s clear that all of the magic in these images must reside in the lens.
Except, maybe, for whatever magic it was that finally graced the photographer with her present inspiration.
All images taken by Natalia Osiatynska in the spring of 2014. All rights reserved (though I’m inclined to allow most attributed non-profit applications).