Some pics made since Tuesday with the lately arrived GX1. As you can see I gotta get out of the house more....
Footnote: I wonder if you saw this as a face right away. I've always been fascinated with the way our brains are predisposed to see faces...we're probably more sensitive to faces than any other visual phenomenon. If you didn't see it as a face, go back up to it and see if you can help seeing it as a face now that I've suggested it....
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Frank: "Which lens? How did you get such depth of field with this small sensored camera?"
Mike replies: My fave, the Panasonic 20mm ƒ/1.7. Shallow d.o.f. is as much a function of where the plane of focus is (and focal length) as aperture. The closer you are, the shallower the d.o.f. Think of it, have you ever seen a macro picture of a subject with depth that didn't have the background out of focus? In fact, Micro 4/3 has just about the right balance for me...enough d.o.f. but not too much.
James Sinks: "Mike, thanks for (finally!) posting some of your work on its own. I like the glasses photo best of all, but I spent the most time puzzling over the sunset. I never read artists' text first time 'round, and I just couldn't work out why there was an insanely bright sodium vapor lamp blasting through one window while I could clearly see daylight reflected through another."
Mike replies: Well, next time you see that golden sunset light, look at the sky 90 degrees from the sun.
If you're interested, here's the evolution of the "Sunset" shot—not very imaginative since the tripod was set up in the only place in my crammed-full office it could possibly go!
The one I used is the copied file. There were a couple of other possibilities, but I chose the one I did because of that rim of light on the top and right-hand side of the picture frame—I thought it was kinda cool that the shadow of the saddle bar—that's what the horizontal bars in windows are called—and the top of the picture frame happened to line up perfectly.
Note how the color of the direct sunlight changes as it gets later (the intensity changes because the sun was shining through bare trees, so as it moved it was relatively more or less obscured). I could keep an eye on what the sun was doing by watching its reflection in the glass, by moving my head a little bit to the right of camera position.
And here's the "grab shot" from a day or two earlier when I first noticed what the light was doing. This is literally taken from my desk where I sit to work, holding the camera up at arm's length—you know, just fiddling with the camera. I actually like this composition better—the Robert Colesberry Rule, "Stay in the wide"—but it needed more d.o.f. and a lower ISO and no way could I set the tripod up in this position.
Jan Kw: "Things that look like faces."
Mike replies: Some of those are wonderful!
Peter Wright: "I didn't see the face, and still don't except that I can understand how the components make up a face-like structure. I have difficulty remembering faces; even people I have seen regularly and then not seen for a few weeks can be difficult for me—it can be embarrassing! So perhaps this part of my brain doesn't work at an optimal level."
Mike replies: If so you have some distinguished company. The great neurologist Oliver Sachs suffers from prosopagnosia, a.k.a. face blindness. In his excellent book The Mind's Eye, in which he discusses it, he says that when he arrives at a restaurant to meet his personal assistant of ten years for lunch, she has to wave at him or he can't find her, because he doesn't recognize her face.