Nikon D5000 w/AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G

Blogged in The Woodwork: What dSLR (not to buy)? [The entry kit dSLR Part 3]


Nikon D5000 w/AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G

South of Market, San Francisco, California


Olympus E-P2, M.ZUIKO Digital ED 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6

Adobe Camera Raw, nik Sharpener (raw presharpen), Topaz DeNoise 3, nik Silver Efex Pro, BorderFX

1/6sec @ ƒ5.2, iso 800, 36mm (72mm)



Marie’s new camera with my new lens. I bought the lens because it’s sharper and focuses on these new bodies.


Shooting notes: Obviously 1/6sec, even with image stabilization, could do with a higher ISO or better lighting. That’s why I chose to black and white it.


Editing notes: A lot of filtering was done in order to make the image look a lot better than it is. Some control points were added to dodge the camera deep in shadow—the film processing is very contrasty. I like the reverse contrast provided by the blue filter—the difference on a black camera (wood foreground) is subtle but noticeable. Of course, a lot of vignetting is going on. It’s nice you can choose the point in Silver Efex Pro.


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Taken on January 22, 2010