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......I worked with the aperture wide open on the lens at f/2 I had hoped for some bokeh highlights and of course shallow focus. The focus is probably too shallow and there's little sign of the hoped for bokeh. But smooth transition from sharp to blur is very nice with this lens.

Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkIII
Lens:Carl Zeiss Makro Planar 2/100 ZE
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Crail Flowers...
Username:Scottishlandscapes Scottishlandscapes
Uploaded:22 Aug 2013 - 10:12 AM
Tags:Fife, Flowers & plants, Landscape / travel, Scotland
Votes:Voting Disabled
Variant - TestsVariant - Tests


22 Aug 2013 - 10:54 AM

Nice focus........ I am not really that keyed up about bokeh.... but isn't there some in the bg behind the tree?
Lovely imageGrin


Colourful Crail.

22 Aug 2013 - 11:08 AM

I might have passed them by... obviously dreaming....
They are beautiful.
My English let me down... what's bokeh?


Out of focus highlights Johanna, soft little circles in the background.


Beautiful colours!! Pleasing image!!


I was interested to read your intro about what you were trying to achieve, Dougie, although I think you chose a rather difficult subject.
The image is attractive but on my screen looks a tad over-exposed.
I took the liberty of downloading it into Photoshop, and although the histogram reached the left side, I dragged the black slider a little to the right, then reduced brightness by 5% and highlights by 10%.......this did not alter the image significantly or make it seem artificial, but did add impact.
You'll probably think what a cheek he's got and hope you are not offended.


Don't come on here with your fancy words trying to impress us. I thought Bokeh was another of your Gaelic mountain ranges. Whilst it may not be what you set out to achieve the whole image goes off behind the tree giving us a hint of the surroundings. A pleasant pic indeed.


Ronnie I've posted a variant with your settings, see what you think?

May not look the same to you as you would have been using sRGB images to work with in PS.
There is a subtly better light from your settings I have to say and I'm not in the least offended, always willing to learn.


mikbee  8 Scotland8 Constructive Critique Points
22 Aug 2013 - 12:10 PM

Well lit and coloured these ones Dougie.
I must get out more with my Minolta F1.2 lens.
But I find all that manual focusing bleeding hard work !!

unicorn17  7 Scotland
22 Aug 2013 - 12:10 PM

Both Lovely ! keep trying for the bokeh I think I know where you took this . Need to have another trip down the coast sometime ! Crail is a fabulous place! g.

andylea  737 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
22 Aug 2013 - 12:17 PM



Very attractive colours and beautifully separated from the background Dougie.
Maybe you should have hung some small mirrors in the hedge in the background Wink Smile


The only difference I see is a little more contrast in the bottom rocks. That sounds like quite an unusual lens. Mind you I know next to nothing about lens other than the most common........Sandy

saltireblue Site Moderator 55131 forum postssaltireblue vcard Norway31 Constructive Critique Points
22 Aug 2013 - 6:46 PM

I think your original has a very soft transition from the sharp to the oof, Dougie. Whilst good bokeh is very often desirable, there are occasions when it is at least equally pleasing with a soft, recognisable bg...as here.



Quite a display Dougie the flower is not a particular favourite of mine but creeping up the bark of the tree it's looking very pretty, I think I should give this flower another look sometime and not put it down as I have done in the past


Version 2 for me DOF is good but no boken
Regards Richard

28 Aug 2013 - 5:50 PM

Thanks Dougie for the explanation and the two links. Imroved my English! You never finish learning..... Smile

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