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The side effects of DOF

Crossing in 3D by stst31415
Crossing in 3D, a photo by stst31415 on Flickr.

I love shallow depth of field and I love putting my nifty fifty on my camera to run through Vienna. I managed one of those rare shots where the shallow depth of field and the light makes an object jump out of the frame. The DOF is straight out of the camera. I just enhanced the colors. N news for the people who know my pictures 😉

Focus on people! – a tiltshift which is none.

Focus on people! by stst31415
Focus on people!, a photo by stst31415 on Flickr.

A lot of people know how tiltshift works. Even more think, that they can do good tiltshift. Mostly the tiltshift is dull and SOOC (straight out of the camera) lacking the subtle details which make your mind go BOOM!

I tried a different approach. Like in one of my older pictures, where a man stands sharp as he is in the middle of the blurred zone on a tiltshift, I wanted all the people to be standing out of the landscape.

It is a picture about the people in the backgound. I think I could have also called it “Ode to the people in the background”.

Lessons learned with my first manual lens on DSLR

I recently bought a manual lens on ebay. I saw some pictures taken with a manual lens on flickr and got curious. Some minutes and EUR 88,- later (USD 125,-) I was the owner of a Revuenon 55mm f1.4, an adapter for the M42 screw mount to EF and a lens hood.

The first impression was heavy. This glass is built like a tank. Metal everywhere. Great! And the aperture is 1.4 so it is fast. The DOF is shallow. So the first tests were on how the glass reacts to bad lighting and how to operate the little gem.

DOF dice Test with Revuenon 55mm 1:1.4   Test 1 M42  Test 2 M42

So the first thing I learned: Take your time.

In some light conditions it is fairly easy to focus with the view finder, but especially if you are close to the object it is better to us the liveview. The DOF is so shallow that it can be the trickiest part of the whole procedure to focus.

Once I knew the signature of my glass I took it for a walk. And I had fun!

Feet of steel will show you, that the DOF is shallow! Recognize the small strip of sharpness on the ground. Small details like this can be useful when focusing by hand. Read more

DOF dice Test with Revuenon 55mm 1:1.4

Still trying to master the 1.4 with manual focusing on my 60D. It seems bad to focus with the liveview. I have seen some good shots and some bad ones but it still hits me like a hammer how shallow DOF can be. The focus lies on the second row of dots on the black die and does not really reach the green one. This is a wonderful and mean piece of old glass 🙂

Two acronyms in Photography you should know

People who look at my flickr stream mostly ask what these acronyms are because they are seen often in photography:

DOF: meaning “depth of field” and providing you either with sharpness in every detail or just a range, hence often called shallow DOF.

The fist

POV: meaning point of view and speaks for itself

Killing field

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