Posted on Jun.11, 2011, under Abstract

(Olympus E3, 50mm f2 macro (2x crop factor), ISO 100, Exposure 1/2500 sec @f/2)

One of the things that I like to do when I go out shooting is focus in on the details of some object. In this case it was an old vintage Shell gas station sign on display at the Gilmore Car Museum. I was using my Olympus E3 with a manual 50mm Zuiko macro lens and I took several shots of the sign in an attempt to capture some interesting shapes and patterns. What I should have done (but didn’t) was close down my aperture to make sure I could get the sign in focus. At f2, this lens has a razor thin field of focus. I think this shot is mostly crisp, but I think it would have been better if I had closed things down a bit. Of course, since I was using a manual lens, stopping down would have meant making the image darker in the viewfinder making things harder to focus. Oh well, I did what I did.

Processing on the image was fairly minimal. I did use Topaz Adjust in an attempt to bring out as much detail as I could. I also added a Vibrance and Curves layer to bring back a bit of the color that was lost in the bright sunshine.

Any thoughts?

Copyright © 2011 James W. Howe – All rights reserved.

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