It’s always nice to have your work praised or appreciated, so I was pleased to see The Telegraph bought one of my images and published it a short while ago as their Picture Of The Day! (You can view the rest of the images in this series here). Today, I’m pleased to report The Guardian has followed suit!
I’m currently working on my post processing and trying to establish my own “signature” PP using Photoshop, Iridient Developer, Zerene Stacker and a few others along with various plugin PS software. With regard to small things such as tiny flowers, insects etc.. my personal preference is generally for a searingly sharp final image. I want to see as much detail as possible! However, for the mass population viewing the images, probably only a small percentage have my exact same tastes. Many, instead, prefer the images to be as natural as possible, showing something near to what the eye sees. Others prefer a soft-focus approach giving a more “dreamy” rendition. There’s no right or wrong here, it’s all personal taste and at the end of the day, whatever the photographer intended is how the final image should look. Above and below are two images “developed” almost identically but the first one has been deliberately rendered “soft” as a final edit using Topaz Soft Focus 1. The question is: which do you prefer? Answers on a post card, please! (As usual, click on the images to bring up a larger, hi-res version but do, please, respect my copyright).
£40 shipped for this lens and it delivers results that lenses in the +£1k mark deliver and because it’s design is flawed you’re in for some exciting DOF/bokeh! What this little lens is famous for is the unusual “orb” bokeh that it delivers due to an optical failing in the design. This not a great image but I took it simply to demonstrate the unusual effect. This orb effect is much loved by Helios enthusiasts and has given the lens a real cult following.
It’s always nice to have your work praised or appreciated, so I was pleased to see The Telegraph bought one of my images and published it today as their Picture Of The Day! You can view the rest of the images in this series here.
Here are the two polar opposites. The other 2 are more subtle in difference but which do you prefer? Vote here, please!
I don’t do bird photography. I’d like to as I love birds and animals but presently I’m 95% macro and my lenses are appropriate to that. I own one AF lens and that’s the Fuji 18-55mm for general photography. So, when I decided to record the Blue Tits in our old bird box, I had one lens that “might” work: an ancient Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar Electric 135mm f/3.5 which I bought to use as a tube lens for a microscope objective together with my Fuji X-T1. This was never going to end well, was it?
Probably not, no but photography doesn’t always have to be about exotic, beautifully framed images. Sometimes you just want a decent record to show your little son or wife.
And if that’s your goal, even an old MF lens from the 80s will capture some enjoyable shots! Well, my 7 y/o thinks so, anyways.