Stretch Your Limbs

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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8 Comments

  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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