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Blurry Photos? #Blur #Fuzzy #Sharpness #Helios44 #Bokeh #Apodisation

Post by Paul Henni

This is a longer than usual post and goes on a wee bit, but I hope there’s enough in it to help someone else with their photography.

When I first got stuck into photography more seriously back in 2013, I spent a lot of time reading articles in magazines and books to try work out how to create good images, as you do.

I also engaged with others online asking dumb questions and, mostly, getting patient replies. If you were one of those who replied patiently – thank you.

Over time, I have come to realise that there is a wide range of conflicting advice, a lot of it driven by those trying to sell something. A lot like life then I suppose.

Oh, and lists or listicles. You know, those things that rhyme with testicles and are also mostly bollocks. Top five things to improve your…insert list here. Sometimes it is a top ten:-

  • Take
  • Better
  • Photographs
  • By
  • Getting
  • Yourself
  • Out
  • With
  • Your
  • Camera

Anyway, this rambling preamble isn’t about lists, it is about the pursuit of ‘Sharpness’. It seems there are a few common things with new photographers, which have been well described, often mildly humorously, such as obsession with expensive gear, how get get pin sharp images, why their camera doesn’t take good shots, using HDR (badly) etc. Here’s a graph that seems to have originated on robertbenson.com (if not, please let me know):

Stages Of A Photographer (Creator unknown, possibly www.robertbenson.com).
Stages Of A Photographer (Creator unknown, possibly www.robertbenson.com).

 

I don’t know where I am now on this graph , but I do recognise The HDR Hole in particular and I’m not dead (yet).

And so back to the main gist of this post – ‘Sharpness’. Thankfully, I now appear to have found some of the right people to listen to, either via discussion or by reading what they have to say on photography. Composition and light are key. A clear idea of what you are trying to create is important too, as is practice. Having an image in focus is good, having a pin sharp image can be good for specific purposes, but is less essential, I think, for what I want to achieve.

Which leads on to ‘Blur’ or having out of focus areas of your image, such as ‘Bokeh’ as it commonly called – the blurry background in a shot taken at a wide open aperture with a near focal point. Blur can also be created through slower shutter speeds for moving objects.

I stumbled across an article by Viktor Pavlovic on ‘Extremely Swirly Bokeh’ about using old Helios 44 lenses with a reversed front element to get an effect called Apodisation. Thanks to the very helpful and friendly Joe at JP Camera Repair in Edinburgh, I found myself with an M42 adapter for my Fujifilm XE-2 and two Helios 44 f2 / 58mm lenses, one with a switched front element. The XE-2 can be set to shoot with no lens mode to allow use of these manual focus lenses via the adapter.

Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

Finally, after all these words, we get to the photos. Here are a selection of images to give you an idea of what this technique can achieve. It is tricky to get used to, will not work for all scenes and is not good with very bright light. It does work nicely with Macro rings on my XE-2.  The ‘straight’ Helios 44 also has a nice softness for portraiture. What has been great about trying this out is both the fun of experimenting and the re-learnt appreciation of my excellent Fujifilm XF lenses.

Another Thistle. Photo by and Copyright of Paul Henni.
Another Thistle. Photo by and Copyright of Paul Henni.
Scottish Thistle (Colour). Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Scottish Thistle (Colour). Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Self Portrait. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Self Portrait. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

 

The Way Of The Tractor. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
The Way Of The Tractor. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
The Way Forward? Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
The Way Forward? Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Long Dalmahoy Road. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Long Dalmahoy Road. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Grasses (Study). Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Grasses (Study). Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Stepping Into The Light 1. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Stepping Into The Light 1. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
In The Woods. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
In The Woods. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Corn. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Corn. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Flower Study 2, In The Botanics, Edinburgh. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Flower Study 2, In The Botanics, Edinburgh. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Flower Study 3, In The Botanics, Edinburgh. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Flower Study 3, In The Botanics, Edinburgh. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Flower Study 4 (crop), In The Botanics, Edinburgh. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Flower Study 4 (crop), In The Botanics, Edinburgh. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Living The Slow Life 3. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Living The Slow Life 3. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Living The Slow Life 2. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Living The Slow Life 2. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Living The Slow Life 1. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Living The Slow Life 1. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
News Steps, Lens Testing. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
News Steps, Lens Testing. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

To finish, some examples of the standard Helios 44 lens with a normal front element.

Simon. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Simon. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Thistle, In The Botanics, Edinburgh. hoto by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Thistle, In The Botanics, Edinburgh. hoto by and copyright of Paul Henni.

 

#Limited #Edition of Six #Etched #Prints. #Photography #Jewellery #Exhibition .@DazzleJewellery .@LynnHenni

Post by Paul and Lynn Henni

Limited Edition (of 6 each) Etched Prints at Dazzle@Dovecot 2016 Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition

We’re into the last few days for our exhibition,  ‘Edinburgh – Our City’,  which includes a wide range of etchings and prints for sale showing our take on our home city, Edinburgh. It runs until Monday the 29th August, open daily from 10:00 until 18:00.

In this post, we are highlighting Misty Meadows and Clearing Haar, our limited edition etchings created by Paul, who studied Toyobo & Photopolymer at the Edinburgh Printmakers’ Studio. He learnt to turn a digital image into an etched plate and then create prints by hand from the plate.  He has created limited editions of 6 each of these 2 etchings.  One each has been hand-framed by a local framer in a box mount which gives a slight floating effect. They are also available unframed and mounted.

The limited edition etching, Misty Meadows, was taken in the Meadows last November – while everybody else was complaining about the cold, damp and misty weather, Paul was making the most of its photographic opportunities – there’s no such thing as bad weather for a photographer.

Misty Meadows (Photo by Paul Henni). Limited Edition of Six Hand Made Prints. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Misty Meadows (Photo by Paul Henni). Limited Edition of Six Hand Made Prints. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Signed Certificate For Limited Edition Etching Print Misty Meadows. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Signed Certificate For Limited Edition Etching Print Misty Meadows. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

Lynn used to work in St Andrew’s House and often took advantage of its central position with many iconic views.  Clearing Haar, the other limited edition etching, was taken from the balcony at the back of St Andrew’s House as the sun set on a misty Edinburgh capturing the diffuse light and making the roof of the station look more like sea than something solid.

Clearing Haar (Photo by Lynn Henni). Limited Edition of Six Hand Made Prints. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Clearing Haar (Photo by Lynn Henni). Limited Edition of Six Hand Made Prints. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Example Signed Certificate For Limited Edition Etching Print Clearing Haar. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Example Signed Certificate For Limited Edition Etching Print Clearing Haar. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
henni.photo at Dazzle@Dovecot 2016. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
henni.photo at Dazzle@Dovecot 2016. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
henni.photo at Dazzle@Dovecot 2016. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
henni.photo at Dazzle@Dovecot 2016. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

 

More details on the Exhibition, Dazzle and Dovecote Studios.

 

Last Week, ends 29th August. #Photography #Jewellery #Exhibition .@DazzleJewellery .@LynnHenni

Post by Paul and Lynn Henni

‘Edinburgh – Our City’ – Photographic Prints & Etchings at Dazzle@Dovecot 2016 Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition

We’re into the last week for our exhibition,  ‘Edinburgh – Our City’,  which includes a wide range of etchings and prints for sale showing our take on our home city, Edinburgh. It runs until the 29th August, open daily from 10:00 until 18:00.

henni.photo at Dazzle@Dovecot 2016. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
henni.photo at Dazzle@Dovecot 2016. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
henni.photo at Dazzle@Dovecot 2016. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
henni.photo at Dazzle@Dovecot 2016. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

And a few example images for you.

Lone Figure. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Lone Figure. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
West End Sunset. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
West End Sunset. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Floating City. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Floating City. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
The Explorer. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
The Explorer. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

More details on the Exhibition, Dazzle and Dovecote Studios.

 

Snowy Mansfield Chruch. #Photography #Jewellery #Exhibition .@DazzleJewellery .@LynnHenni

Post by Paul and Lynn Henni

‘Edinburgh – Our City’ – Photographic Prints & Etchings at Dazzle@Dovecot 2016 Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition

This is one of a series of posts showing the image selections for our exhibition,  ‘Edinburgh – Our City’,  which includes a wide range of etchings and prints showing our take on our home city, Edinburgh.

Snowy Mansfield Church. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Snowy Mansfield Church. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

More details on the Exhibition, Dazzle and Dovecote Studios.

 

Canal Bike. #Photography #Jewellery #Exhibition .@DazzleJewellery .@LynnHenni

Post by Paul and Lynn Henni

‘Edinburgh – Our City’ – Photographic Prints & Etchings at Dazzle@Dovecot 2016 Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition

This is one of a series of posts showing the image selections for our exhibition,  ‘Edinburgh – Our City’,  which includes a wide range of etchings and prints showing our take on our home city, Edinburgh.

Canal Bike. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Canal Bike. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

More details on the Exhibition, Dazzle and Dovecote Studios.