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Challenge: Bokeh VII (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: People
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
Location: Birmingham, England
Date: Apr 24, 2011
Aperture: f/1.2
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/3200
Galleries: Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Apr 20, 2011

Despite having taken a credible bug shot with my 180mm macro, it would have been a crime not to have used the 85mm f/1.2L II for this challenge or to have done something other than a portrait with it.

I don't take enough family pictures - here's our niece Megan. I did take some of our son Max too but typically he preferred to gurn!

No circles of confusion, no bugs, just a very straight up portrait... Anticipating that this will bomb. Expect 5.1.

I do think its a good demonstration of what this lens can do though.

[May. 1st, 2011 08:30:57 PM]

A bit dismayed at all my commenters thinking that my narrow depth of field in some way caught me out. It is of course, very intentional - I shot Megan near the minimum focus distance of the lens to maximise the effect.

The picture isn't the most interesting but I really like the effect.

Place: 116 out of 167
Avg (all users): 5.2520
Avg (commenters): 5.0000
Avg (participants): 5.0000
Avg (non-participants): 5.4507
Views since voting: 962
Views during voting: 249
Votes: 127
Comments: 4
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05/08/2011 05:32:56 AM
Nice portrait, i think it works well with the aperture wide open like it is, makes it fairytale like, your spider would have gotten a considerably higher score though, all the more merit to you for sticking to your guns.
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05/01/2011 08:08:41 PM
I think the apature is open a little too much. If it were closed a little more, her face could be in focus along with the hair and the background would still be blurred.

Message edited by author 2011-05-02 08:30:47.
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04/25/2011 05:45:42 PM
Nice shot, although it's a shame both eyes aren't in focus.
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04/25/2011 12:46:41 AM
Perhaps a slightly smaller aperture would have left more of face in focus, which still producing a nice bokeh in the background?
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