02-22-2012, 12:24 AM #1I'm new here!
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How did the photographer achieve the blur around the subject?
I have seen this a lot latley with wedding photography, where it almost looks like a macro lens shot, with the think line of focus in the centre of the image.
Paige Newton Photography
02-22-2012, 12:36 AM #2
Given that the focal length was 45mm, could be a tilt-shift lens, could be applying a simple gradient blur to fake a tilt-shift lens.
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02-22-2012, 01:23 AM #3I'm new here!
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Thanks! Can you actually get tilt shift lenses? I have only ever played around with that feature on a large format camera
02-22-2012, 02:21 AM #4
Yeah, but there's far less freedom than with a view camera. Typically, you can only shift about 10mm, and tilt/swing about 8°. And, of course, you can only affect the lens plane, not the film plane.
They're also very expensive.
Nikon's PC-E lenses come in 24/3.5, 45/2.8, and 90/2.8.
Canon's TS-E lenses come in 17/4 24/3.5, 45/2.8, and 90/2.8.
You can also find cheap Russian "Arsat/Arax" tilt-shifts on eBay, where they essentially slapped a dSLR tilt-shift adapter onto the back of a medium format lens, or a NEX/m43 tilt-shift adapter on the back of a dSLR lens, so you're not going to find anything in particularly wide for the target format.
The Lensbaby composer also lets you do something similar, but with less precision and control than a real tilt-shift.
02-29-2012, 02:06 AM #5
Inkista mentioned tilt shift lenses, but I was thinking it might be something else... Yesterday I was watching a wedding photographer (video) and he took his lens off the camera but stuck it real close and pivoted off the camera to get a super thin slice of focus. I know that was a horrible description of the process, so if you're interested you can watch the video here: This is how we do Weddings.... on Vimeo I'm not sure if that would work for the photo you linked too, but it's just what came to mind when I saw the photo.
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02-29-2012, 03:35 AM #10
It's in how you hold the lens... Since there is a "gap" between the lens and body there is great potential for light to leak in.... Maybe not much of an issue for video (30fps), but problematic with film/longer SS (<1fps).
BTW, that was probably a pretty "old school" videographer/photographer...he definitely knew "the tricks". Someone to watch/learn from.
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