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13th February 2011, 04:21 PM
I took a walk down Western Ave last night and took only my manual focus Nikkor 50mm 1.8 with me. I had alot of fun with it and thought I would share a couple of images here.
13th February 2011, 04:23 PM
13th February 2011, 05:51 PM
Interesting, arty shots but none are even remotely sharp, was this intentional?
13th February 2011, 06:03 PM
It's not exactly intentional. Just shooting sorta care free and slightly out of focus myself. I did zero sharpening in pp (obviously)....Also, I have a hard time getting a sharp focus with this vintage 50mm. But, I like how it looks and It feels a certain way to me.....I use it for the same kinda artsy care freeNESS. The first shot is through a store window,then a puddle. So, uhmmmm yeah.
13th February 2011, 06:40 PM
What was your shutterspeed? You should be able to get relatively sharp photos at shutterspeeds of 1/50s or faster. Also, try setting the camera on a steady surface and use the timer for a few shots, you'll have to set focus prior to setting the timer. I have a 50mm f/1/8 that only works on manual with my Nikon D60 so fast shutter speeds or a tripod are a must.
Originally Posted by jconti3
13th February 2011, 06:56 PM
John, I get entirely what you doing. I have a Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 with a flange converter for my 40D. I am guessing that you are shooting wide open so depth of field is very thin. However, I think the softness of the area that should be sharp is down to focussing rather than shake. My Zuiko gives very unpredictable results at f/1.8 but at f/2.4 its pretty solid. These remind me of Lomography images. You used to be able to get a technicolour plugin for PS or GIMP that worked really well on these kind of shots. I think it may need that something more so people do not dismiss them as poor shooting
13th February 2011, 10:16 PM
Yes, that thought (Lomography) crossed my mind seeing them.
Originally Posted by Wirefox
Were they shot jpg or RAW?, I ask because the saturation seems quite high (not a criticism), leading to the Lomography comparison.
13th February 2011, 11:32 PM
yes,sorta lomo like. Steve, it is unpredicable wide open....I stopped it down some but, it was pretty dark and the hand held at even slower ss were way blurry. Sometimes I get a shot that is crisp outta of it. I pretty much use it for this and coffee shop/bars. The tripod and timer and all is great but, a different time and place. This is the results of drinking beers and walking a few miles in the dark with just the beater 50mm. These pics take me right back to feeling I had taking them and thats what they are about. I do agree that I should "trippy em up" a bit to make the low quality photos transform into artistic images. Haha....glad they are sparking something!
14th February 2011, 03:10 AM
used pp to add more of whatever it is I like about these.