That's not bokeh

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LincolnB
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That's not bokeh
Aug 3, 2011

It's heat rising off the field.

There was a flock of buzzards eating dead mice etc. from this field of freshly mowed hay. With a 400mm lens the distortions from the heat rising off the field was quite noticeable. it made it very difficult to get a sharp shot. Of course being buzzards they stayed in the areas with the most updraft! The very short depth of field at this focal length also proved challenging. All in all an interesting learning experience. I think a native 300mm autofocus M43 lens would have had a slighly better result than this $65 manual focus lens but it still would have been a challenge.

I applied a little bit of sharpening to the bird but nothing else in the shot. It's also slightly cropped.

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