Similar to the Day 11 shot, I struggled a bit with the effective depth of field when making this photograph. I’m noticing this issue more and more. That’s not so much a downside of the lens (although having image stabilization would help out a lot) as it is a downside of the focal length. I think my preferred style of photography just lends itself more to a 35mm (full frame) focal length in most cases. Even so, I’ve really enjoyed making shots like these work with a 53mm focal length…finding ways to cut corners on what’s in focus, etc. If I had a 35mm lens with me, I probably would have used it for this shot, but I don’t think it would have come out as well. Even though I lost some depth of field using a longer lens, I think the shot’s elements have better relative size (e.g., the branches with the snow are large enough to play a significant role in the scene) and that more than compensates for the minor lack of focus in the foreground.