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Bicycle - Florence

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 22 August 2011 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

Florence seems to be absolutely full of old style bicycles with loads of character.

I photographed this one at f1.4 using a Nikon 85mm prime lens so that depth of field was very shallow, concentrating attention on the bike. I think it also looks like an old medium format film photo which I like.

NIKON D700 1/250 second F/1.4 ISO 200 85 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Fantastic shot.. love the DOF and processing.

22 Aug 2011 8:42am

@Sarito: Thanks Sarito!

Ryan Hammond from Tucson, United States

You are truly an artist and one of my favorites on here. Great work as always!

22 Aug 2011 9:08am

@Ryan Hammond: Thanks for that Ryan!

janina from Melbourne, Australia

Caught it well. It has harmony. ^)^

22 Aug 2011 9:58am

@janina: Thanks Janina!

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

I love the bike and I love the rain and water on the pavement around it - such atmosphere - wonderful image!

22 Aug 2011 10:23am

@Scene by Sharon Photography: Thanks Sharon!

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Superb, love the DOF

22 Aug 2011 10:38am

@Richard: Thanks Richard!

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

I like DOF and quality of bw. An interesting subject nicely realized.

22 Aug 2011 11:32am

@Marie LC: Thanks Marie!

Ralf Kesper from Attendorn, Germany

Well contrasted ...excellent bw.

22 Aug 2011 11:48am

@Ralf Kesper: Hi Ralph.....its good to hear from you again. How have you been keeping?

Stefanie from France

Great shot in b&w. I need to send show your picture to my friend who is living in Florence; the bike looks like his one!

22 Aug 2011 12:10pm

@Stefanie: Hi Stefanie...there seemed to be many hundreds of older style bikes like this one in Florence but you can tell your friend that the frame of this one was a light blue colour in case it's his!

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

Don't you just love fast primes? :-) Looking to get one soon, but doubt I'd get the same DOF on a crop sensor. Lovely shot Ian.

22 Aug 2011 12:58pm

@Ian Smith: I guess when using the same lens on a crop DSLR sensor the depth of field would have been the equivalent of f2 instead of f1.4 Ian. I've got a 50 f1.4 and this 85 f1.4 prime and they are both lovely to use however the speed and accuracy of the D700 made these lenses much more useable. They don't perform nearly as well on my D40.

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Really does have a retro feel, lovely shallow dof to help highlight the machine.

22 Aug 2011 4:20pm

Valeria Carolina from Tres Arroyos, Argentina

Excellent shot!
I love it!

22 Aug 2011 11:09pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

superb focus and use of shallow DOF to isolate the subject from a busy city street!

23 Aug 2011 1:54am

anita from Bretagne, France

Sublime !
I like very much your work on the B@W

23 Aug 2011 5:51pm

farzane from TEHRAN, Iran

I can remember my childhood.great B&W

23 Aug 2011 7:02pm

1/250 second
ISO 200
85 mm (35mm equiv.)