50mm Experiments… After a seemingly long stretch...

April 23, 2012  •  Leave a Comment


50mm Experiments…

After a seemingly long stretch lacking creativity I decided last week to go out in some free time and experiment with some different lenses.

If you have a 50mm 1.8 lens I dont have to tell you what an amazingly creative bit if glass it is. The trouble is, like anything it is really easy to have too much of a good thing.

If you look at flickr and other photosharing sites, they are littered with with images shot at f1.8 with a really shallow focus.

I wanted to see how I could do something interesting which I hadn’t seen done a thousand times before so I decided to take the lens off the camera.

I have tried rotating a 24-70 and shooting through it backwards before for a macro effect but I have never tried holding the lens away fron the camera with a different lens attached.

For this I used a canon 20mm f2.8 on my 1d mk3 and shot at 1/100sec iso 250.

This gave me the great effect seen above of producing a nice bokeh on the background while focussing on the glass of the 50mm to show the flowers in detail.

Those with a keen eye may have already noticed the next step, This process naturally will display what ever is in the glass of the 50mm upside down, a quick fix is to use the circle marquee tool in photoshop to simply rotate the centre.

I then had a bit of a play with some of my own filters in PS and all done.

I hope you like what I have done and feel free to post any other examples.


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