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Rainy day

By dudler
Rainy days don't necessarily get you down...

Thank you to Ollie (bliba) for making this picture possible: it utilises a little Tokina adaptor that he gave me on the front of a Lensbaby Composer fitted with a Double Glass lens to allow an extreme closeup. Aperture was f/4.

I used the camera's cleverest metering mode - but my blog today is about the metering mode guaranteed to cause you problems: spot.

My advice on spot metering? Don't use it, unless you know the chapter headings of Michael Freeman's book on exposure off by heart, and can explain the Zone System to an inquisitive fifteen year old geek.

Tags: Closeup Flowers and plants Lensbaby blog link

Voters: mike9005, jacomes, Lovebe_eyes and 51 more

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jacomes Plus
6 28 40 Portugal
2 Sep 2020 8:42AM
Sometimes this is how I see the world first thing in the morning.
Nice semi abstract image John.
2 Sep 2020 8:52AM
I wonder if I would love a Lensbaby and at the same time being discombobulated by it..! 👀😆😂👀
bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
2 Sep 2020 8:53AM
makes a wonderful abstract - nice to see you working with the LensbabyWinkWinkWink
Alfie_P Plus
14 927 2 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2020 9:05AM
I really like this image John I like the diffusion the colours and the damp atmosphere , strangely mesmerising 😊

kaybee Plus
17 7.8k 26 Scotland
2 Sep 2020 9:22AM
Love the shot.
As for spot metering ............... my cameras are seldom taken off it.
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1876 England
2 Sep 2020 10:31AM
Roy - youíre the exception who proves the rule...

Most people canít handle it.
chase Plus
16 2.2k 577 England
2 Sep 2020 10:39AM
This looks like it's taken through a rain covered window.
No real focus but it is effective in it's own right.
Irishkate Plus
11 45 121 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2020 11:07AM
One man's meat!
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 784 England
2 Sep 2020 11:57AM
Fefe Plus
9 57 36 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2020 1:05PM
Lovely effect..
I often use spot metering, particularly for portraits.
Sometimes if I am having problems it will be because I am on spot.....sometimes because I am not...
mac Plus
19 13 Scotland
2 Sep 2020 1:59PM
A good abstract, where you can still discern, what is being photographed. Love the soft colours produced. Must get myself a lensbaby? Mind you, probably better mastering what I have already!
saltireblue Plus
11 12.2k 76 Norway
2 Sep 2020 2:09PM
An effect akin to awakening slowly form a vivid dream.

I use spot metering very often - but I do have the luxury of the WYSIWYG electronic viewfinder.
3 Sep 2020 1:59AM
I know you love Lensbaby lenses, John...and this one really works wonderfully with the theme and subject of your photo. It is lovely, and gives the feel of a rainy day. I do, sometimes, use spot metering...when I want to control exposure in reference to a one, often small, element of the photo.

And, thank you for your UA yesterday for my family swimming and throwing photos.


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