Abstract,  Bokeh,  Fine Art,  Macro

Sharpness is overrated

Now that Autumn is very much here we are getting dewy mornings and low-angle sunlight.  Photographically that combination is too good to miss, so today I popped out into the garden with an unusual lens combination on my Olympus E-M5 Mk3; a Sigma 30mm f1.4 and a 10mm extension tube.  My idea was to set the lens on f1.4, completely defocus and see what happened.

My first subject was a lovely red maple tree.  The sun was shining on the water droplets on the leaves, and the defocusing gave fabulous complexity to the highlights, especially in the lower half of the frame.  I’ve bumped up the saturation as bit to accentuate the effect.

Next I had a look at the lawn.  There were water droplets on that too, so I dropped down on the patio to get the lowest angle I could on the grass.  The Bokeh circles have different colours, and it gives a lovely look to the image.  I imagine it as a crowd of people looking out of a bamboo thicket.

Might well try this combination again as we’re bound to get more mornings like this.