Peter Bargh

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December 30th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 364 – bokeh

When you photograph highlights out of focus they create blobs of colour. The shape and size of the blob is dependent on the aperture configuration of the lens and the focusing point. They best looking ones are with lenses with more blades so a circle is created.
I bought a couple of red Christmas candles for a specific shot, and here it is.

I defocused the Christmas lights and set the camera up at the defocused distance. I then placed the candle in the line of fire so it was sharp. I then moved the camera position (left right up down) so the candle was in the best place in the frame.

This is trying out some old Canon FD lenses on the Olympus E-P2. The main one for my photo365 has round Bokeh created with a very old breach lock 100mm f/2.8.


I’ve also included one taken with the 500mm mirror lens (giving a 1000mm effective focal length…mirror lenses are known for their doughnut shaped highlights and this shot shows that off to the full.

December 22nd, 2011

Photo365 – Day 356 – Sunset Guitar

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%.

September 25th, 2011

Photo365 – Day 268 – leather bag

I’m really enjoying my new found super blurry close up lens creation featuring the Toy Lens and Macro adaptor lens attached to an Olympus EP2. The combination gives incredibly shallow depth of field with vignetting and unusual bokeh.
This is the curve of a leather bag.