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The cat 1

Posted by
Emanuel Högberg (Borås, Sweden) on 21 June 2011 in Animal & Insect.

This is a series of 20 photos taken with my new sort of self made lens. Inspired by this - http://shiningnewlight.tumblr.com/, I bought an old Soviet Zenit 3M with a 58mm Helios-44 f2.0 lens which I attached to a camera house lid with a hole screwed in it using some sealants. I really enjoy the results - a fast portrait lens (58x1.6mm on my EOS 500D) which forces me to use full manual. Very stimulating and I think it makes me grow as a photographer.

Coming up is 10 photos, decreasing the range to the subjects with each shot. Starting off with a train station and a cat, going further to regular macro with the 58mm, then followed by two shots taken with the lens detached from the body, giving a narrow DOF which is tilted.

After that there are 10 photos taken with my cheap 50mm f1.8 held against the Helios lens, making for some (potentially) interesting shots of plants, potato sprouts, an oxeye daisy and a dragonfly, which sadly died.

Canon EOS 500D 1/1250 second ISO 100

All comments are very much appreciated, good or bad, though I might not answer each and every one I'll take a look at your photoblog if you have one. It's always nice to be inspired by others, so let me know what you think :)

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A lovely image with a very interesting point of view ... Magnificent frame with two paws smooth and claws! Excellent detail of the whiskers and slanted eyes ... Very good! A hug, Adela

21 Jun 2011 9:00am

tataray from france, France

Ohhhhh... quelle tendresse !... ))
J'adore les chats ... celui-ci est vraiment génial.
Belle capture.

21 Jun 2011 10:11am

Ehlehminee from Los Angeles, United States

Cute shot!

21 Jun 2011 10:50am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

moment de douceur et de jeu sous la tendre caresse du soleil !! joli !

21 Jun 2011 11:10am

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

gorgeous picture . great light !

21 Jun 2011 11:44am

k@ from Paris, France

SO real i feel as if i could give this cutie the deserved caress ;)

21 Jun 2011 12:24pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A very playful capture Emanuel! Beautiful light and a nice tight crop! Well done! ;-)

21 Jun 2011 1:30pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A fine portrait. I'm impressed by your creativity with the lens.

21 Jun 2011 8:55pm

Dokmateo from madird, Spain

Beautiful..great framing! Well done!

21 Jun 2011 11:33pm

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

That's absolutely adorable!!

22 Jun 2011 3:56am

Laurette from Fourways - Johannesburg, South Africa

A beautiful picture of a very adoreable cat. Fabulous light. Well done.

22 Jun 2011 12:43pm

Canon EOS 500D
1/1250 second
ISO 100

helios-44