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The cat 2

Posted by
Emanuel Högberg (Borås, Sweden) on 22 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 1/2000 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 :)

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Lovely depth of field you get with this lens. Great shot - I like the cat's inquisitive look!

22 Jun 2011 7:20am

kgoks from Kanagawa, Japan

lovely :)

22 Jun 2011 8:30am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Beautiful portrait ... a very good approximation to the details of his face! excellent textures!

22 Jun 2011 11:57am

Laurette from Fourways - Johannesburg, South Africa

A lovely capture. Well done on your lens it does give you great DOF.

22 Jun 2011 12:45pm

tataray from france, France

Wow ... qu'il est beau encore aujourd'hui ...
Avec son petit grelot bleu !.... ))
Je l'adore. Magnifique capture.

22 Jun 2011 3:40pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

I like the effect given by the depth of field.

22 Jun 2011 9:22pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

We are really face-to-face with this guy! Like everyone else, I enjoy the DOF.

22 Jun 2011 10:55pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Très beau captage de cette tête de chat superbe

23 Jun 2011 2:35pm

Canon EOS 500D
1/2000 second
ISO 100

helios-44