Stretch Your Limbs

The limb of a maple tree reaches out from the trunk

Today’s post is another simple image taken from around my home. While I’ve not been able to get out and collect many shots lately I have tried to use the down time to stretch my boundaries. Working with gear that I don’t use near enough like my much neglected 50mm. Experimenting with shallow depth of field, selective focus and a much simplified post-processing workflow have been a welcome distraction from my typical super-sharp HDR images.

Changing gears and working outside your comfort zone can sometimes be the best cure for a creative rut and this change has been just what the doctor ordered.

Gear: Canon EOS 60D, Canon EF 50mm

Software: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4, Topaz Adjust 5

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  1. LensScaper June 29, 2012 at 2:51 AM #

    I feel privileged to be retired because of the time I am given to really enjoy my photography. My photography really dwindled away when I was working – I couldn’t switch off and get into the zone to feel creative. I really like this image – very simple, dreamy in feel, and is speaks of quietness and simple beauty. Changing tracks and trying different approaches can be an inspiring exercise. Enjoy the experience, this is a great image for starters, Curt.
    LensScaper recently posted…Perfusion

  2. Rick Louie June 28, 2012 at 12:24 PM #

    I really like this Curt! I’ve really been enjoying my 50mm and finally understand how to use it at f/1.4 and now I find that look addicting! I’m really craving to use a f/1.2, but I know if I rent one I’m going to have to have it so I’ve been resisting. Good work.
    Rick Louie recently posted…Beyond the Edge

  3. Mark Neal June 27, 2012 at 9:24 PM #

    Very nice take on a common theme, Curt. perfect dof for a nice comfortable image. I like using my nifty fifty also. It’s more of a challenge after using zooms most of the time.
    Mark Neal recently posted…HDR – Graduated Toning – Short and Simple HTDS

  4. Chris Nitz June 27, 2012 at 10:19 AM #

    Careful, stepping out of your comfort zone may just put you on the path to a new addiction ;)

  5. Edith levy June 27, 2012 at 10:06 AM #

    Very nice Curt. I agree its important to stretch the boundaries to beef up the creative juices.
    Edith levy recently posted…Stand Tall

  6. Rich McPeek June 27, 2012 at 7:10 AM #

    Very nice Curt! Terrific DoF! I need to get out and use my 50mm more often as well! Great work!
    Rich McPeek recently posted…Field of Color

  7. Len Saltiel June 27, 2012 at 6:48 AM #

    Nice selective focus Curt.
    Len Saltiel recently posted…Disney’s Fort

  8. Steven Perlmutter June 27, 2012 at 6:45 AM #

    Nice use of the 50mm Curt. The shallow DoF works quite well here.
    Steven Perlmutter recently posted…The Dory Shop

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