Sunday, June 17, 2012

Duskiness



(All are clickable. The middle one especially shows much better large.)

Olympus OM-D EM-5, Olympus 45mm 1.8 at full opening. About 400 ISO.

Photos with "bokeh", or soft background blur can't generally be produced with pocket cameras, one of the few downsides to them still*. The bigger the sensor, the easier you can get nice soft background blur. The new mirrorless cameras, like Micro Four Thirds for example, have smaller sensors than traditional film (half the size of a 35mm film frame ("full frame"), linearly, one quarter area-wise), but with the right lens you can still get this effect.


*Even here, progress is made. The Sony RX100 is pocket-sized but still manages to have a sensor large enough to get some background blur if you want.

posted by Eolake Stobblehouse @ Sunday, June 17, 2012   19 comments links to this post

19 Comments:

At 17 Jun 2012, 21:18:00, Blogger Bert said...

That sure is a great camera+lens combo! Well done.

 
At 17 Jun 2012, 21:40:00, Blogger Happy Dayu said...

Beautiful. I love well-taken photos of nature!

 
At 18 Jun 2012, 01:24:00, Blogger Charles said...

Not the dreaded unmanned bicycle crossing!

Interesting depth of field work.

 
At 18 Jun 2012, 08:26:00, Anonymous Anna said...

Nice depth of field :)

 
At 18 Jun 2012, 09:57:00, Anonymous Suzannah said...

I love your photographic sense. You've got such a good eye.

 
At 18 Jun 2012, 09:59:00, Anonymous Warren said...

I am 75 and I see the pics as a metaphor for life. Diminished in brilliance yet striking.

 
At 18 Jun 2012, 10:00:00, Anonymous Stephen G said...

Really like those pastels in the #3 shot!

 
At 18 Jun 2012, 10:16:00, Anonymous Ray said...

Very nice! Thanks for sharing these.

The thistle in the middle shot - does it have big purple or violet flowers when they come out?
We have some here that do, and they can grow quite large and tall.
We've always called them 'Scotch Thistle' but I don't know if it's the right name or not.

 
At 18 Jun 2012, 10:18:00, Anonymous Claudia said...

Eolake, very nice. I like the clean look of the foreground compared with the out of focus glimmer of lights in the background.

 
At 18 Jun 2012, 10:19:00, Anonymous Norm said...

Always enjoy your photos, Eolake.

 
At 18 Jun 2012, 10:26:00, Anonymous Karin said...

Jeg synes det er nogle skønne billeder.
Det er utroligt at man kan gå forbi disse små blomster uden at se dem.

 
At 18 Jun 2012, 18:38:00, Blogger TC [Girl] said...

I, especially, like the bokeh of the first one, Eo, and...I agree w/Karin; I never notice stuff, much, until I'm shooting. Cool! :-)

 
At 19 Jun 2012, 02:02:00, Anonymous Russ said...

I agree with TC[G], the bokeh is sublime. I love when traffic lights are in the background; especially when it's raining.

 
At 19 Jun 2012, 13:27:00, Blogger artmanro said...

Beloved friend Eulake,thanks so much for your pictures.The blue bicycle image it's more than magic,all the colors,the lights are like in a fairy tale.=D Life is a daily Miracle.Universal Love is an Eternal One.=D

 
At 19 Jun 2012, 19:23:00, Blogger Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Thanks, guys.

Yes, nice bokeh, background blur, is what one misses with pocket cameras. And even on M4/3, if one wants it, one should get a fast prime, because with the slower zooms one doesn't get much, and if it's there, it's usually not all that soft.

 
At 19 Jun 2012, 20:22:00, Blogger GregO73 said...

The bicycle sign: Dusk is my favorite time of the day. Lights are just coming on presaging an evening of enjoyment of people, place, food, music, fun. You can sense the action that is about to start.

 
At 19 Jun 2012, 21:28:00, Blogger Alex said...

The first photo I got confused, the streetlight in the background looked like a reflection in a window in the foreground.

The circles are "too perfect".

I'm now inspired to go out and shoot better ;-)

 
At 20 Jun 2012, 13:58:00, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You've certainly gathered a nice group of mindless sycophants, Eolake! This seems to happen in all blogs, sadly.

 
At 24 Jun 2012, 13:07:00, Blogger Dave Nielsen said...

You looken sharpen todayen, mein Herr.

 

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