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Manual Focus

I have been experimenting with a few manual focus lenses and it does take practice (I still need lots more practice). Not sure if the problem is my eyes (focal distance) or the extremely shallow depth of field or even the movement at time of exposure. In any case it is challenging and I do enjoy a challenge. I found this interesting post that was useful – http://petapixel.com/2016/03/15/guide-mastering-manual-focus/ .

Here are a few images from my account earlier today.

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It has been a good week

Some weeks are diamonds and some weeks are stone – this week was a diamond week. Sold a few framed images to two different customers which was a good start.

It started on Monday when I sold a few framed images to two different customers which is always a good start.

Won an infrared competition at Lifepixel in the US and the prize was an infrared camera conversion  – Lifepixel . I will have to get another camera converted to infrared in the near future.

The real cream of the cake was still to come. For many years I have been trying to be selected for the Olive Cotton Award for Photographic Portraiture. earlier this week that dream came true – Tweed Regional Art Gallery . Not much of a chance in winning this prestigious competition but just glad to be selected.

photography imitating art

photography imitating art

For some time now I have wanted to create some still life images and use post processing to give a painterly feel. Last week I created the setting and took some practice images one night and the following night shot a series of images with different subjects. I have been post processing some with painterly filters to create the effect below.

More images can be found in the Tabletop Gallery here.



In photography, bokeh is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. Bokeh has been defined as “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light” Differences in lens aberrations and aperture shape cause some designs to blur the image in a way that is pleasing to the eye, while others produce blurring that is unpleasant or distracting—”good” and “bad” bokeh, respectively. Bokeh occurs for parts of the scene that lie outside the depth of field. Photographers sometimes deliberately use a shallow focus technique to create images with prominent out-of-focus regions.

Bokeh is often most visible around small background highlights, such as specular reflections and light sources, which is why it is often associated with such areas. However, bokeh is not limited to highlights; blur occurs in all out-of-focus regions of the image.

I have created some bokeh using old coloured Christmas lights and fine tuned the process by inserting black card in front of the camera lens to alter the shape of the bokeh.. To view some bokeh images click here.