Views: 145 (72 Unique) 
Vote 31
Award Shortlist   

Garden flower

By Pete      
I've had a quick play around with a Pentax K20D and an old 50mm f/1.4 M lens this morning and came up with this using the lens wacking technique where you just hold the lens in front of the body detached so light can spill into the body and create extra flare.

Tags: Garden Flowers and plants Bokeh 50mm 14 Lens wacking

Voters: basilandjazz, User_Removed, 213hardy and 28 more

Readers' Choice Awards are given to photos that get over 30 votes

Take your photography to the next level and beyond...

  • NEWS

Why not join for free today?

Join for Free

Your total photography experience starts here


30 May 2012 9:30PM
Not heard of that technique before Pete but I love the result you've achieved

Join ePHOTOzine for free and remove these adverts.

rogerfry 11 543 United Kingdom
30 May 2012 9:36PM
You've been following James Miller and Philip Bloom !

Love the effect you've achieved with this.....great atmosphere.

zapar40 6 66 5 Wales
30 May 2012 10:41PM
beautiful light and i do like the bokeh effect achieved here.
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
31 May 2012 7:32AM
definitely a new one on me but a great result
A beautifully ethereal image , soft colours and shallow focus, the bokeh just adds a very special feeling to this lovely photograph, well done Pete deserves an award in my opinion. A place on a wall at the very least.

AnneWorner 9 620 43 United States
31 May 2012 8:38AM
Wonderful effect Pete - will have to try this with my 50mm macro. The bokeh is so lovely and painterly and those spectral highlights also. A wonderful feeling of summer mood is created here.
I'll stop now...........

Nic_WA 11 179 2 Australia
31 May 2012 8:48AM
Yummy gentle colours
SlowSong Plus
8 6.4k 29 England
31 May 2012 9:53AM
This is beautiful. So gentle and soft with that delicate and perfectly sharp flower in the f/g.
I wonder how many shots it took to get this goodie.
Pete Plus
15 18.8k 96 England
31 May 2012 10:07AM
thanks for all the votes and comments, much appreciated Smile

Quote:I wonder how many shots it took to get this goodie.

it was the fourth shot Smile
CaroleS Plus
6 423 3 United Kingdom
31 May 2012 12:40PM
Love the dof and the bokeh, gives a really new fresh aspect to a floral image, don't know that I would be brave enough to try it thoughSmile Carole
Paul Morgan 15 18.4k 6 England
31 May 2012 6:55PM
Worked well Pete Smile

I went on to try and achieve similar effects using a compact with a fixed lens, I used a large filter and by holding this in front of the lens and tilting it at different angles created some interesting flare effects.
vickyf 11 8 8 United Kingdom
31 May 2012 9:13PM
Love the effect & must give it a try, although I'm sure it's hard to do. There are some good videos on Vimeo about lens whacking, which I'd never heard of 'til my husband - rogerfry - drew your image to my attention.
maggie9 7 45 2 Scotland
1 Jun 2012 1:12PM
i really like this Smile


Sign In

You must be a member to leave a comment.

ePHOTOzine, the web's friendliest photography community.

Join For Free

Upload photos, chat with photographers, win prizes and much more.