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Wall Near Chapel Stile

By thyme46
Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EOS 50mm L f1.2 USM.
I was exploring the potential of the f1.2 for narrow depth of field and bokeh effect.
ISO 50, 1/1250

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26 Sep 2012 12:38PM
I think this picture lacks a wow-factor, and the big white blot in the top-left hand side (which I believe is an over-exposed sky, right) doesn't help the image at all. You could have probably ended up with a more interesting photo had you zoomed in further on the match-stick like flowers/growths that show in the centre-portion of the picture. Soemtimes, as I've seen mentioned already many times before on this site, less is more.

The overexposed area might have happened due to the use of spot-metering on a very dark part of the picture - did you lock metering manually on a spot? At that shutter speed, even at maximum aperture of 1.2, I don't know whether the sky should have retained some more detail, so it's probably a metering issue. Might be wrong as I'm not a pro in this area and in photography in general - just making a guess based on what I know about shutter speeds, aperture etc. Hope you get additional feedback.

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banehawi Plus
13 1.7k 3807 Canada
26 Sep 2012 5:37PM
Welcome to Ephotozine William.

Thats quite a lens. The sharpness and bokeh are excellent. The subject and the conditions though were not ideal. I dont know what you used for the spot metering, but the main part of the image is under exposed, and the large bright area a distraction. The visible bokeh is gorgeous, but would be better across the frame.

Also, - you may not be aware, when you re size for the web, open the resized image and check sharpness, - you may have to apply some additional sharpening. Try the lens out on street scenes, outdoor portraits and see what it can do.

I have uploaded a mod where Ive roughly filled in the bright area with existing bokeh to show what I mean, and Ive adjusted exposure and sharpness.


paulbroad Plus
10 123 1216 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 5:26PM
May be anexperiment, but I fear the end product is not very strong. You needed a much more frame filling image of the moss, then some back light to make the filaments stand out. At this size, theres just not enough sharp.


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