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Cathedral Lights

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 29 June 2009 in Miscellaneous and Portfolio.

One of the stained glass windows of Manchester Cathedral - a photo exploring the bokeh of the Nikon 50mm f1.4 afs lens at f2.8

NIKON D40 1/30 second F/2.8 ISO 220 75 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Hoshisato from Ealing, United Kingdom

Nice photo, and the lens seems to work great for bokeh's too, nice round circles and none of the hexagon.

29 Jun 2009 5:32am

@Hoshisato: Thanks Hoshisato! Yes, I believe the aperture blades are rounded on this lens but I've no idea how that's just something I read but it certainly seems to make a diiference on this lens and on my 105f2.8 micro. One from that lens tomorrow.

Mirko Herzner from Germany

Something completely different from our master of (black&white) landscape photography. But very nice indeed. A fine bokeh here...

29 Jun 2009 6:06am

@Mirko Herzner: Thanks Mirko....I've always enjoyed looking at other peoples bokeh shots so I thought I'd give it a try for myself :-)

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

a kind of image very unusual for you, but for my own I love it and you did it so well ! focus, DOF, bokeh are just perfect ! this lens is a very good one !

29 Jun 2009 6:50am

@Anna.C: Thanks Anna....I'm really pleased that you liked it!

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Great technical demo - and a very peaceful shot too!

29 Jun 2009 8:29am

@MadScientist: Thanks very much!

Frida from Sweden

I like the bokeh and DOF very much. A calm and relaxing picture.

29 Jun 2009 8:58am

@Frida: Thanks very much Frida!

John Leech from Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom

Nice colours, I like the way the palette flows through the image. Did you try this at different apertures? By the way, that isn't a loaded question, simple intrigue! I've been recommended to get a 1.4 for available light wedding work, though I'll hang back till the orders are flowing before committing. I wonder if the 50mm would be a little short for what I'd use it for, though the 85mm is a hill of beans. 2.8 is the widest I currently have, unless I count an old 50mm f2 that will need the aperture ring modifying if I'm going to mount it on either of my cameras.

29 Jun 2009 9:05am

@John Leech: Hi John, Yes, I was experimenting with the lens at the time so I was trying it at all the wider apertures. I don't think the focus accuracy on my D40 is really up to coping with the F1.4 end however and the depth of field is razor thin with absolutely no margin for error. I suspect there's a calibration issue with the body as I have exactly the same issue with a Sigma 30 f1.4 lens too. Your D300 would be okay though as you can calibrate the focus on that camera body which is not an option on my D40. Manual focus override with these newer afs type lenses is a doddle though so f1.4 is possible if the subject is stationary. With regards to F1.4 lenses and portraits/bokeh take a look at the work of this pro photographer:

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Oh Ian, that's a wonderful feel, from the candles to the fanthom lights...bravo :)

29 Jun 2009 10:12am

@Lorraine: Thanks Lorraine....control over depth of field is one of the better reasons (if one were needed :-) for switching from your compact camera to a DSLR.

Luca Bobbiesi from Milano, Italy

Beautiful composition, I like the dof, wonderful colors in the background

29 Jun 2009 10:58am

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Beautiful composition! Wonderful Colours, light and DOF!

29 Jun 2009 11:08am

pankaj from panaji, India

lovely colors ,Lovely bokeh!

29 Jun 2009 11:57am

Onlymehdi from Wayne, United States

This is SUPERB

29 Jun 2009 1:44pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Wonderful mood enhanced by your lovely composition, lighting and shallow DOF!
The "bokeh" is just beautiful Ian!!! (though I'm pretty interested to see the effect with slightly wider apertures.)

29 Jun 2009 2:27pm

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

Beautiful and solemn.

29 Jun 2009 6:47pm

lydia from Paris, France

Superb shot !

1 Jul 2009 4:45am

Marie from FRESNES, France

magnifique, ces couleurs et cette composition.

2 Jul 2009 8:09pm

eversmile from Aix-en-Provence, France

A very beautiful vision, with the sharp two candles that seems to support each other in their distress and the wonderful bokeh that give colors to their hopes . Congratulations. Regards

4 Dec 2010 1:04pm

1/30 second
ISO 220
75 mm (35mm equiv.)