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Old Aug 16, 2009, 9:46 PM   #1
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Default How did I do it?

This is a quiz, tell me how I created this shot of my CD's with a shallow DOF in the middle.

This was not done in Photoshop or any editing program.

Just used my K7 and a 35mm lens.

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Old Aug 16, 2009, 9:55 PM   #2
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Used a large aperture and focused on Jorge Bolet? Your lens has nice bokeh, which one is it?
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You've got me puzzled since according to the EXIF the f number is shown as 0 . That is one heck of a large aperture!!
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No electronic information whatsoever from the lens in the EXIF - must be a thread mount on an adapter.
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Curious to hear the answer.

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Old Aug 17, 2009, 1:11 AM   #6
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Hi Ed,

How about the old portrait photog's trick of Vaseline on a filter -- with a clean vertical stripe in the center? A variation would be covering the end of the lens with something like a freezer bag with a slit cut in the center.

I've never used one, but another possiblility would be a Lens Baby, but they're usually considered to be about 50mm. . .

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Old Aug 17, 2009, 7:40 AM   #7
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Default 35mm Tilt & Shift Lens

I used a 35mm Russian made Tilt & Shift Lens I picked up on ebay about a year ago. Pentax has an old 28mm Shift lens that is on ebay now, more than twice what I paid for my 35mm. The pentax lens does not have the tilt function.

This lens allows changing the film (sensor) plane (like old view cameras) relative to the lens plane. The shift function allows tall objects to be shot without tilting the camera up, eliminating the leaning look. The tilt can be used to make the lens paralel to something (ex. a flower you can not get tha camera parallel to) so the entire object is in focus with a shallow dof, or make the lens not parallel for dof where you want it. This is what is used when you see photos taken from high up and the middle is in focus (gives the appearance cars, people, buildings are miniature).

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Very nice! I didn't realize that the Pentax shift lens didn't tilt like what you described. I don't really know much about shift lenses - I knew about the perspective control for architecture and would love to be able to do that. The Pentax lens is rarely available so I gave up long ago. It sounds like I'd much rather have your lens, though - I always thought any of the shift lenses would allow the tilting, too. Thanks for the info!
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So, that's how you did it. Interesting.

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