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A Taste of Bokeh
A Taste of Bokeh

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Challenge: Simple (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Olympus PEN E-PL3
Location: Near my garage door
Date: Jul 29, 2015
Aperture: f1.7
ISO: 200
Shutter: 3200
Date Uploaded: Jul 30, 2015

Lens: Fotasy CCTV 35mm f1.7 manual focus C-mount

I was experimenting with a new 35mm CCTV lens I got for under $30. It came with a an adapter for my newest camera (Olympus PEN E-PL3). I set the aperture to it's widest setting, which is labeled as 1.7. And I manually focused while hand holding the camera and took the shot. Also, there was a bit of a breeze moving the branch around while I was focusing. The brick that you see in the background is of my neighbor's house. I think I got pretty lucky with this shot. It turned out much better than I would have imagined. As for post processing, I cropped and resized it. I added and enhanced color filter, and a sharpening effect using NCH PhotoPad.

Place: 75 out of 100
Avg (all users): 5.1647
Avg (commenters): 0.0000
Avg (participants): 4.9756
Avg (non-participants): 5.3409
Views since voting: 184
Views during voting: 153
Votes: 85
Comments: 3
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08/19/2015 07:31:41 AM
*Hello from Sid and the Critique Club*

A fairly pleasing flower study that meets the open brief of the challenge.

A simple shot of a simple subject taken with a simple lens in a satisfying way for you. It is satisfying when you can use simple and lovely old lenses in conjunction with a digital camera and it will hopefully lead the way for lots more similar experimentation for you.

With regard to the image itself I like the composition leading in from the top left the way it does and as your commenter observed, some lovely contrasting colours too. What I am not so keen on is the distracting over-exposed square behind the flowers, unfortunately it overpowers in a negative sort of way. The other issue is the sharpness overall which given your high shutter speed is obviously not camera shake so therefore must be down to the lens itself. It doesn't exhibit as softness per se but more a resolving issue, there is apparent sharpness but it just doesn't seem to make the flowers stand out the way they should.

Thanks for your submission, enjoy your use of manual lenses, its very rewarding, Sid
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08/12/2015 08:59:42 AM
Originally posted by PennyStreet:

I'm liking the contrasting colors.

Hey! Thank you so much PennyStreet!
I didn't think I was gonna get any comments! And yours is so nice! :D

Message edited by author 2015-08-12 09:00:36.
08/12/2015 08:03:05 AM
I'm liking the contrasting colors.
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