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Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
« Reply #510 on: February 21, 2014, 04:15:19 AM »
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Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
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« Reply #511 on: February 23, 2014, 01:22:16 PM »
Finally got my hands on a used 135.  Got a pretty good deal.  It's been too miserable outside to do much with it.  Can't wait until Spring.


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Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
« Reply #512 on: February 24, 2014, 06:32:43 PM »
Finally got my hands on a used 135.  Got a pretty good deal.  It's been too miserable outside to do much with it.  Can't wait until Spring.


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Nice shot, seems like not enough light to have gotten 1/1000 at ISO 50 and F/2 though, unless it was under-exposure compensated.

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Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
« Reply #513 on: February 27, 2014, 06:11:46 PM »
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Yep, I agree. When I first looked at the images I thought, "There isn't that much fog/mist in the whole world!" Then I saw the obvious processing signs -- which is NOT to say it distracts. Lovely images.

I think you will find it is a simple Gaussian blur in a U shape to include the foreground and into the background either side of the subjects, probably done as a brush (good), a layer mask (better), or a grad layer mask (best), it's what adds to their isolation and that "unique look" that the 135 is supposed to have. Funny, with decent post skills any lens can have a "unique look".

Well, it seems there is an obvious trait of this image that is not being discussed.  The vignetting (likely added in post as "post crop" vignetting...yes the 135 f/2 does vignette wide open, but not nearly this much).  But the vignetting serves to spotlight (and almost 'bulls-eye') the subjects, making it that much more of a "portrait".

This technique is really not all that unusual, anyone can do it.  Not saying it's not a nice image, certainly it is.  But it's really more the lighting on the subject(s) (and the darker light surrounding it) relative to that darker background bokeh, that make this image successful.  The bokeh alone (whether natural or 'enhanced'), is not what jumps out as a primary feature of this image.  The spotlighted subjects are what jump out, from against the dark.  That's how I see it anyway.

I have nothing against doing any of these things to an image in post.  But it's important to point out that these are not 'native' features of the lens alone.  What the photographer has done here, serves to exaggerate the features and even 'artifacts' of fast prime lenses (to a pleasing result)...and in this image it works fine.  But anyone who has edited images for a while can easily see the image does not look like this straight out of the camera (especially if you have the camera set to compensate for vignetting in the first place...Which is usually the best way to do it, because that way the photogorapher/editer/artist can choose how much and where, and whether or not to apply any...vignetting in post).

+1. I love what I've seen of her work. Elena has a definite talent and eye for portraiture and I am quite sure that she shoots for the edits that she wants make. Elena really nails her subject and ambient exposure which enables her to create such powerful images. Her post-production techniques highlights her abilities and are not being used as a substitute to good photographic technique.
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Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
« Reply #514 on: February 27, 2014, 06:36:15 PM »

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+1. I love what I've seen of her work. Elena has a definite talent and eye for portraiture and I am quite sure that she shoots for the edits that she wants make. Elena really nails her subject and ambient exposure which enables her to create such powerful images. Her post-production techniques highlights her abilities and are not being used as a substitute to good photographic technique.


There's a good interview with Elena where she talks about her preprocessing (ideas, drawings, poses) before she shoots and notes she does a lot of postprocessing.  It doesn't get into the post processing although she appears to be willing to share in a seminar.
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Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
« Reply #515 on: March 04, 2014, 11:55:26 AM »
Another flower shot with the 135mm ... this one at f/2.8
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« Reply #516 on: March 07, 2014, 07:20:49 AM »
Another flower shot with the 135mm ... this one at f/2.8

Great!  What flower is that?

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Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
« Reply #517 on: March 07, 2014, 08:38:36 AM »
The EF 135mm f/2 L USM is the perfect lens for trail running, mountain biking, and any other action situation where it is difficult to find space.  Even in tight quarters with tree-cluttered backgrounds you can get enough subject separation to make great photos.  Here are a few from a MTB race I shot last weekend.

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« Reply #518 on: March 09, 2014, 07:20:07 AM »
Another flower shot with the 135mm ... this one at f/2.8

Great!  What flower is that?

Thanks Carl!

This is commonly known as the bottlebrush flower ... Botanical genus is Callistemon.
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Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
« Reply #519 on: March 09, 2014, 01:27:48 PM »
The EF 135mm f/2 L USM is the perfect lens for trail running, mountain biking, and any other action situation where it is difficult to find space.  Even in tight quarters with tree-cluttered backgrounds you can get enough subject separation to make great photos.  Here are a few from a MTB race I shot last weekend.
Those are some cool action shots 8) ... well done. I like the second one very much, that image portrays the whole picture showing the energy in that sport ... really cool. But the hairy man b00bs of the cyclist in the first pic are distracting :o ;D
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« Reply #520 on: March 10, 2014, 09:59:17 PM »
Another flower shot with the 135mm ... this one at f/2.8

Great!  What flower is that?

Thanks Carl!

This is commonly known as the bottlebrush flower ... Botanical genus is Callistemon.

You are most welcome, and thank you for telling me.  It looks both poisonous and beautiful!

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« Reply #521 on: March 10, 2014, 10:00:41 PM »
Those are some cool action shots 8) ... well done. I like the second one very much, that image portrays the whole picture showing the energy in that sport ... really cool. But the hairy man b00bs of the cyclist in the first pic are distracting :o ;D

Gotta love those man boobs huh?  :P hahaha

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Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
« Reply #522 on: March 11, 2014, 05:31:16 AM »
Another flower shot with the 135mm ... this one at f/2.8
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Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
« Reply #523 on: March 24, 2014, 01:27:11 AM »
I love this lens soooo much
added a 100% crop in below to see just how sharp it is and thin the Dof is at f2
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« Reply #524 on: March 24, 2014, 06:06:23 AM »
I love this lens soooo much
added a 100% crop in below to see just how sharp it is and thin the Dof is at f2

Cute...the bokeh is wicked smooth, for a wicked wombat!!  :P

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