The Project

Minimal pics using a D90 and a 50mm and an enlarger lens.

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A Hint of Yellow
At The Center...

When the theme 'minimal' was announced on JPG I searched through my photographs and found one that I had taken at the beach using my 50mm lens and one of my Holga filters. It gave such a lovely dreamy blurred effect to the shot, I thought that it fitted the theme perfectly.

However, after taking pictures one day of the copious amounts of large daisies at the side of the road, I picked one and brought it home. I was going to take some pics of it using my Opteka semi fisheye 0.35x macro lens, however, my husband had it in his possession. I remembered about the enlarger lens I had picked up from a car boot sale and how it made such a lovely effect when placed in front of my 50mm lens.

I started to snap away, knocking the aperture to f1.8 so that only a very small amount of the flower was in focus. I was really pleased with the arty effect that this combination achieved. My husband then bought me a bunch of flowers and instead of sitting them on the mantle piece, I have been snapping away, trying to capture the soft, dreamy images that I love.

All of the images were shot in RAW and have been converted in Lightroom, some have had a little more done to them than others. However, mostly they have been auto toned, had medium tone contrast applied, the white balance changed to daylight and the noise reduction option used as with using two lenses the images can get a little noisy.

I really love the effect that this combination gives to the flowers and I look forward to experimenting further with other combinations of lenses.

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7 responses

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (19 May 2011):

    I knew I would love your story!! It is wonderful how an unexpected change of plans can result in success. Definitely voted yes!!

  • Steve Baker

    Steve Baker (Deleted) gave props (19 May 2011):

    Superb series, and story. Voted!

  • Pete Jeffers

    Pete Jeffers (Deleted) gave props (20 May 2011):

    Love the story, especially the bit where you were going to use your lens but i had it!!! Whos lens is it!!!!!!!!!!

  • riverS

    riverS (Deleted) gave props (24 May 2011):

    yes and yeah.)

  • Marco Martinez

    Marco Martinez gave props (25 May 2011):

    Oh, Lynda. These photographs are beautiful portraits of colors. You show the best shades of colors. I love the extreme depth of field as it softens the colors and forms, giving it unique qualities. You have a great collection.

  • Carol Holmes

    Carol Holmes gave props (26 May 2011):

    These are all so beautiful, Lynda! Wow!!!

  • diana a

    diana a   gave props (9 Jun 2011):

    really wow!!!

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