Tag: Bokeh

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Taking a Walk with the 30mm f/1.4 ART

I have been meaning to take a walk with this new toy of mine several days ago, but in this heat you feel like a fish out of the water. The last thing you want to think about is taking pictures. Late afternoon, I was able to prompt myself to do it. In the middle ...

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The Battle of the 30s: Sigma 30mm f1.4 EX vs 30mm f1.4 ART Part 1

50mm (full frame equivalent) fixed focal lengths are counted among the lenses with the widest field of application. It comes as no surprise, then, that both 30mm f/1.4 Sigmas are repeatedly mentioned in threads focusing on purchase advice. Before the appearance of the 30mm ART, the selection was somewhat more transparent. You could either opt ...

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DP2m at closest focusing distance

Over the past couple of days, I played around a bit with the DP2m close-up-range in order to find out what I can get out of a camera in this respect. I predominantly used aperture f2.8 and manual focus at it. Rather than turning around the lens ring, I left the focus at 28cm (DP2m’s ...

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Photography basics – part 7 – ways to achieve nice bokeh

Following megapixels, which every modern camera is equipped with in abundance nowadays, background blur, also known as bokeh, is currently on everyone’s lips. People talk of shallow depth of field (DoF) and of how large aperture resembles engine size/cubic capacity – in other words something you can never get enough of – and how you ...

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Bokeh-overdose with the Sigma 30mm f1.4

Just recently, I came across some pictures that were shot wide open in daylight. The combination of bokeh and direct sunlight instantly fascinated me. I absolutely needed to simulate the effect. Taking photos in bright light with f1.4 is easier said than done. Even with the SD1, which can go as low as ISO100 and ...

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A relaxed TIME-interview with Saul Leiter

Only now, seventy years after he shot his very first pictures, his work finally receives the due recognition on the part of photographic mainstream. And yet, Saul Leiter is not only pioneer, but also revolutionary. © Saul Leiter © Saul Leiter William Eggleston has allegedly influenced the art circles into accepting colour photography; this took place ...