No High-ISO this time ;)


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…at least I didn’t accidentally use high sensitivities where ISO100 is sufficient. 😉 Some photos were shot at ISO800, but those were light conditions where f/1.4 and High-ISO was absolutely necessary. Paranoid as the lapse during my last photo tour made me, I double-checked the camera settings before I took a single photo. Just in case. 😉

I wasn’t happy with the color version of some of the photos; the light wasn’t particularly good, so that I was forced to experiment a bit with black-and-white and sepia. After uploading the photos to Flickr and repeated contemplation I liked the black-and-white photos better than the color photos. Speaking of Flickr, I uploaded all of the photos in original resolution. Just click on the photo you like to view it in full size. 🙂

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Silly Mistake: High-ISO by Day!


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I was so happy on my last photo tour: the light was great, it was warm and I wasn’t short of good subjects. “Couldn’t have been any better”, I thought when I came home. But soon after I had a look at the photos on my PC and discovered that I shot all of them with ISO800. The photos are not exactly useless because of that, but far worse in image quality than they could have been. What annoys me most is the fact that I can’t even remember changing the sensitivity. In the last weeks I only took photos by day. It’s almost as if I had a leprechaun in my flat. Or I’m just losing my faculties. 😛

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The 35mm f1.4 Art is extremely sharp!


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I could hardly wait for the last weekend, to finally have the time for shooting some photos with the 35/1.4 Art. I am slightly spoiled by the DP2M and love the lens of this camera, but the 35/1.4 A is so much more fun because of its extremely high sharpness at open aperture. I haven’t taken photos with any lens that is as contrasty and high-resolving as this one is at f/1.4. It is similar to the DP2M, only faster by two stops. It’s the 30/1.4 Art and the DP2M merged into one. A fiercely sharp lens with the widest aperture of f/1.4. Shooting blurred photos with such fine glass, you would have to screw up as photographer… which happened to me a few times. 😉 Just have a look at the photos on Flickr in full size. Some are fuzzy or have motion blur to them, further two or three were focused in the wrong places. But those photos that worked perfectly sweep you off your feet when it comes to pixel-peeping. 🙂
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