Rethinking 4/3 Depth Of Field

Started Apr 11, 2013 | Discussions thread
RoelHendrickx Forum Pro • Posts: 25,244
Re: I like shallow DOF occasionally, and it can be done cheap on FT...

Great Bustard wrote:

RoelHendrickx wrote:

Great Bustard wrote:

RoelHendrickx wrote:

Great Bustard wrote:

RoelHendrickx wrote:

So actually, Great Bustard is a lazy bum because he uses gear that is easy for what he likes!

(just kidding, Joe!)

I guess I missed the joke -- all I saw was a simple statement of fact. 

There used to be a time when a person would be called "the hardest working man in show business".

Well, FT-users are the hardest working men in photography (if they want shallow DOF).

We may be stupid, but we are proud of doing things the hard way.

If you want to do things the hard way, give up that sensor and IBIS in the EM5, and go get a film rangefinder. 

I might just do that, someday.

(I am test-driving a Leica M3 that someone found on his attic, to make sure it still works properly.  It does, but my shots from the one roll of film are rubbish.  If I would buy that camera off the person, it would be gathering dust on my shelf, so I won't.)

Ask if he'll give it to you for free, then send it to me!

I gave a little hint about the "for-free" thingy ("If you don't find a decent and loving home for it, ..."), but my friend is aware of the real value and I think she is going to sell it, because it does not hold emotional value for her.  And I can't blame her.

And I would feel totally bad if I would not have told her the truth, which is that the camera is a real and probably pretty rare beauty, in perfect working condition (as far as I can tell) with a decent if not spectacular lens, that will probably catch a nice price when sold in the right place (NOT a pawn shop or thrift store).

When she comes to collect it back from me, I will send her to a specialized dealer for further help, with the advice not to let the dealer himself take it off her for not enough money.

I have enjoyed the experience, but in an archeologist's spirit...

(BTW, I just bought a 17.5mm Nokton, so expect to be pestered with some shallow DOF µFT-shots soon.)

PS: did the photo show up on your system? Not here.  The site's embedding tool seems to be screwed (again).  I included a link to the gallery.

No, the photo did not embed.  If I were you, I'd edit out that bright yellow rectangle, as it's a huge distraction.  The reason I know is that I've had to do the same thing in more than one of my photos. 

I know what you mean, and aesthetically you are right, but I am too much of a documentary guy  to do that.  That is my high-horse motivation.  The real reason is I am too lousy at PP.

Maybe just desaturate it a bit, then?

Good idea.  Now if only I ever went back to images that I consider "done".  I'll keep it in mind for the next time around.

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