The Bench | Carl Zeiss 21mm

Today features something a bit out of the ordinary for The Daily Portsmouth.  I’m renting a pair of Carl Zeiss lenses this week…a wide angle 21mm lens and a 50mm makro lens, and today’s shot was taken with the 21mm.    These lenses have wonderful color reproduction with minimal editing, and have a razor thin depth of field.  While a portion of the field close to the lens is sharply in focus, in this case the wood grain of the bench – the focus falls off incredibly quickly fading into a soft background with rich color.  This is normally an instantly recognizable landmark…but I like that the shot forces you to examine the elements to distinguish the location. Any guesses?  I’ll have the lenses for a few more days and hope to do some experimenting with their capabilities, and see how they handle more of my typical shooting.  How do you like today’s image?

5 thoughts on “The Bench | Carl Zeiss 21mm

  1. I like the image, and would like it also if there were something small in the zone of focus – a cobblestone, Christmas decoration, crumpled lunch bag – because the narrow DOF forces your attention to the spot you’ve focused on. But this is so atypical of your work, it would create a huge difference in the way you shoot – lots more variety, different ways to see each subject. Go for it!

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