Wistful dog portrait with Konica 50 1.4

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SimonOL Senior Member • Posts: 1,366
Wistful dog portrait with Konica 50 1.4
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Experimenting with low light shallow DOF - not something I normally do so any comments or tips would be appreciated



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bobmandwendyv Contributing Member • Posts: 642
Re: Wistful dog portrait with Konica 50 1.4

First, get the dog to sit still..............

......and don't get an Irish Setter.

Good luck,

Bob

(Very nice photo BTW)

Mike the Irish Setter looking vaguely wistful ......and still

Bokehmon Trainer Regular Member • Posts: 100
Re: Wistful dog portrait with Konica 50 1.4

Here's a photo of my Tora Inu.  How are you liking the 1.4?  That is a lens that I'm seriously considering.  Which adapter did you use?

SimonOL OP Senior Member • Posts: 1,366
Re: Wistful dog portrait with Konica 50 1.4

bobmandwendyv wrote:

First, get the dog to sit still..............

......and don't get an Irish Setter.

Good luck,

Bob

(Very nice photo BTW)

Nice setter!

Dogs do seem to have a habit of moving just as you press the shutter inevitably leading to a few missed shots. They're good subjects for learning to make quick focusing adjustments 

I really like the Konica 50mm 1.4. Build quality, sharpness and bokeh all seem very good to me, but I have no other similar lenses to compare it to. It is not compact or lightweight. Rumour has it that the 50mm f/1.7 is sharper. Both lenses seem good value.

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blue_skies Veteran Member • Posts: 9,485
Re: Wistful dog portrait with Konica 50 1.4

SimonOL wrote:

Experimenting with low light shallow DOF - not something I normally do so any comments or tips would be appreciated

Nice dog (and shot)!

I like the composition and the shallow DOF, but only the dog's eye is in focus. The nose, ear, collar, etc. are all outside the DOF area.

I think that the image would look better at 50/1.8 or even 50/2.2, or keep 50/1.4 but increase the distance - it would crispen the subject a little, while still keeping the background blurred. There is a lot of detail in the dog's head that will make a sharper headshot more interesting.

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Cheers,
Henry

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SimonOL OP Senior Member • Posts: 1,366
Re: Wistful dog portrait with Konica 50 1.4

blue_skies wrote:

SimonOL wrote:

Experimenting with low light shallow DOF - not something I normally do so any comments or tips would be appreciated

Nice dog (and shot)!

I like the composition and the shallow DOF, but only the dog's eye is in focus. The nose, ear, collar, etc. are all outside the DOF area.

I think that the image would look better at 50/1.8 or even 50/2.2, or keep 50/1.4 but increase the distance - it would crispen the subject a little, while still keeping the background blurred. There is a lot of detail in the dog's head that will make a sharper headshot more interesting.

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Cheers,
Henry

Thanks for the tips! That's the problem with f/1.4, although I was quite happy (and a little surprised) at how well focused the nose was considering I was focusing on the eye.

I took another from slightly further back - more of the dog in focus, but the expression wasn't so good...

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flint-hill Senior Member • Posts: 1,215
Re: Wistful dog portrait with Konica 50 1.4

This is a high-quality animal portrait.  Very nice work.   I like both the depth of field and placement of the plane of focus.  I wouldn't suggest any changes.   The lens is doing very well wide open.  I looked at the image in original size and you could print it big.

SimonOL OP Senior Member • Posts: 1,366
Re: Wistful dog portrait with Konica 50 1.4

flint-hill wrote:

This is a high-quality animal portrait. Very nice work. I like both the depth of field and placement of the plane of focus. I wouldn't suggest any changes. The lens is doing very well wide open. I looked at the image in original size and you could print it big.

Thank you for your positive comments - glad you like it

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Peter Tho Forum Member • Posts: 59
Re: Wistful dog portrait with Konica 50 1.4

Some dogs are easier to train to sit still than others!

SimonOL OP Senior Member • Posts: 1,366
Re: Wistful dog portrait with Konica 50 1.4

Peter Tho wrote:

Some dogs are easier to train to sit still than others!

Doesn't look very happy about the situation! Nice photo

Is your lens another fast 50?

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daddyman Regular Member • Posts: 174
Re: Wistful dog portrait with Konica 50 1.4

I have the 1.4 and the 1.7 and I find the 1.7 to be a tad sharper at wider apertures. I see no difference by f8.

Mike

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Peter Tho Forum Member • Posts: 59
Re: Wistful dog portrait with Konica 50 1.4

Doesn't look very happy about the situation!  - That's her thoughtful look

Is your lens another fast 50? - I was trying out my new Voightlander 40mm 1.4 in a dark gloomy kitchen last night.  I have never had anything like this much fun with a camera before (5N)!

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