Jan 042012
 

You think that’s a funny bokeh? You’re right, but otoh it’s what makes the image. This is a detail from a very dirty red car at night, wet with dew. I kinda like it.

The Song of the Day is “In Amber” from the 2000 Lowgold debut album “Just Backward of Square”. Hear it on YouTube.

  7 Responses to “1904 – In Amber”

  1. at first i thought you are using your lensbaby again. (you have one, though? 🙂
    but now i see you have the pen :-))) with a wide open lens :-))) and pancake, what is that? (i am not in the pen stuff at home, you know? :-))
    well no matter how, it is a lovely and so surprising one today ;-)) love the focus, point of view, light and its sparkle thing :-))
    have a nice day, andreas :-))

    • I have one, yes, but I have hardly used it in two years. Maybe I should try it on the Pen as well.

      As to the 17/2.8 pancake lens, it’s just a physically very short lens. Lightweight and compact. I really should have the better and faster and more expensive Panasonic 20/1.7, but the Olympus was part of the kit. I bought the camera on eBay and the most important thing for me was the electronic viewfinder. 550€ for the former top of the line Olympus E-P2, the EVF and 17/2.8 and a spare battery, that was a no-brainer.

      I really like the camera. It’s well made, solid, professional, looks very, very good, and the image quality is absolutely good enough. Better than the Panasonic LX5, not quite as good as the Nikon D300, but near enough and in a very comfortable size.

  2. Very nice shot, Andreas. I’ve been looking at a variety of compacts for everyday shooting, and the Oly is definitely on the list – so is the Nex-5n and 7. While I love my D7000 after lugging it around for a while it can start to weigh one down. Plus, it doesn’t fit too well in my briefcase I bring to work each day.

    How’s the bokeh on the Olympus under normal shooting conditions. I imagine the shape we’re seeing here is caused by the way the lights are being reflected in the water droplets…

    • Exactly. Of course due to the crop factor of 2 you get more DOF. I like it in everyday shooting, but for images like this, a DSLR, especially FX, would be better.

      The alternative is always to go near, but the 17/2.8 has a near focus distance of 20 cm. You see that the focus is back in the distance. With the LX5 or for example the Sigma 20/1.8 on my DSLR, it is much easier to get that kind of abstractions and an attractive blur.

      I think the way to go will be the holy trinity of m4/3, the Olympus 12/2.0, the Panasonic 20/1.7 and the Olympus 45/1.8. At the moment I feel that I’ve spent enough though 🙂

      Fortunately I can always use my Nikon 50/1.2 or one of the Nikon macro lenses. This should suffice for my shallow DOF needs for the moment.

  3. A journey through fire.

  4. Wow, that was an intense image, like bokeh on fire. Very nice!

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