Today I'm posting this picture, which is an enhancement of my "In Autumn
all cats aren't grey" picture in my portfolio. Here, I just wanted to
repost it as I had the impression I could improve my processing. I took
this shot with my Canon 5d Mark II coupled with an old M42 russian
lens Helios 40-2 85mm 1.5, a really wonderful big chunk of metal and glass!
I shot wide open to get this swirling bokeh, typical of this lens. Indeed,
even if you close a bit the blades it give immediately a dramatically
different bokeh feeling.
I took this picture at the gold hour after the sun disappeared so that
I could have lovely golden tones on the ground and my cat's fur :)
The big challenge here was to shoot handheld with low shutter speed because
of the lack of light and to get the cat's face razor sharp while
focusing manually with such a shallow depth of field (f/1.5!!)! The DoF was
about 2,5 cm at this distance and as the subject was moving a lot, it was
really really hard to get to perfect focus without tripod, very close to
the subject, shooting at low shutter speed compared to the focal length
(1/15 for 85mm) and turning the focus ring like crazy!
I hope you'll like it as much as I do!