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    This was taken with a Canon 135

    The other version with a Sigma 50.

    1. Doha Sam 76 months ago | reply

      Is this the 135 again? Here I like the abstraction.

    2. Richard Messenger 76 months ago | reply

      Ooops! I thought I had pasted a link.

      It is, at least, an interesting example of the differences that focal lengths make, isn't it?

    3. Charles Masters 76 months ago | reply

      I prefer the 50mm version, greater detail and less appears to be more.

    4. Richard Messenger 76 months ago | reply

      Good point ... to get a similar framing, obviously I had to move back, and this involved including more of the steps, which are a little distracting.

      I'm going to go back and work it some more. I got a cracking shot the other day, but the focus is just in the wrong spot, so that needs to be done again. Funnily enough, I listened to a couple of podcasts today, both of which involved people going back and working a scene.

      I did think it was interesting to see such a clear demonstration of the compression caused by a longer focal length, with the rings appearing so much closer together.

    5. Charles Masters 76 months ago | reply

      Focus is something, I'm going to have to work on. Many of the photographs I have submitted to the microstock sites have said that the shot isn't in focus or the point of focus isn't where they expect it to be. The more I look at stock photographs you begin to realise that they are not that interested in artistically focused shots but in shots that are mainly pin sharp all over. I'm not used to taking those sort of shots...nor are you...we both try to pick our point of focus where we think it should be and on many occasions it's a matter taste rather than a hard and fast rule. To be honest, I haven't found the microstock sites to be consistent in their acceptance or rejection, so I've decided not to let the rejections upset as one site will reject and another will accept!!!

      I'll be intrigued to see how you manage to work the scene...humour me and take one where the whole area is in focus.

    6. Richard Messenger 76 months ago | reply

      It's late ... I've been trying to help my friends polish of their booze ... BUT ... the human eye doesn't see with the whole scene in focus!

      I think I've got you in respect of understanding what the microstock site's are looking for though.

      I have posted shots with lots of stuff in focus, but they haven't elicited much comment. What's a boy to think?

    7. Charles Masters 76 months ago | reply

      He thinks...for god sake get coffee down you!!!!

    8. Doha Sam 76 months ago | reply

      This shot?? Everything in focus?? Are you sure, Charles?? I really have trouble seeing this as a successful shot without the narrow depth of field.

    9. Richard Messenger 76 months ago | reply


      Drinking very good coffee.

      Did you mean this one in focus, or any shot with more DoF? I have just posted 7 shots, only a couple of which were taken wide open, the others all have small apertures and are looking to achieve sharpness within the whole scene.


      I'm contemplating reporting you to the punctuation police, for gratuitious use of question marks.

    10. Charles Masters 76 months ago | reply

      Sam I 100% agree with you. The correct DoF is vital in many photographs, so as to emphasis the point the photographer is trying to get across. It just seems to me that microstock sites seem to want crisp clear images that have no particular emphasis, or it could be that they disagree, on many occasions the emphasis that I might put on a photograph....I can only assume that, that is what advertisers want.

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