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Photo365 - 356 - Sunset Guitar


Photography and music are my two passions. I edited photography magazines for around 20 years and launched the UK's first digital imaging magazine. I founded ePHOTOzine and was owner / publisher until 2013. The photos in my portfolio are ones I like from shoots I do in any spare time I have.
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Photo365 - 356 - Sunset Guitar

22 Dec 2011 3:28PM   Views : 771 Unique : 498

If you've followed my photo365 you will know I'm a fan of shallow focus, and bolting things on the front of a camera that weren't designed to be bolted on. My latest purchase is an 85mm f/1.8 Canon FD lens. You can buy lenses of this type on eBay for far less than the modern versions. And this one is much lighter too. I'll eventually get a Nikon or Pentax version (as I don't like the FD lens mount) but this was such a bargain I couldn't let it go.

It's attached to the front of an Olympus Pen E-P2 with a cheap Chinese adaptor. I added a 15mm extension tube to allow the closer focus. The shot is taken with the lens wide open.

I was photographing the neck then I saw the out of focus highlight and adjusted position so it sat in the dip of the guitar's body. It reminds me of a sunset. I focused on the thicker E string. I'm going to have fun using this lens. I just wish the EP2 would have the magnified view when focusing manual lenses as it's quite a challenge to focus using the screen at 100%.


Tags: Sunset Guitar Bokeh


conrad 13 10.9k 116
22 Dec 2011 4:40PM
I quite like shallow focus as well, and I like what you've done here. Nice, how that highlight looks like a bigger echo of the dot on the guitar.

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Pete Plus
17 18.8k 97 England
22 Dec 2011 5:10PM
Yes Conrad, I spotted that too when taking the photo and I do have a version where I focused on the dot and angled the neck more, but decided the closer string focused here was my preference.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
22 Dec 2011 7:19PM
You guys and your bits and pieces. Grin
This is just so brilliant. The colours hang together so well and the whole image is very pleasing.

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