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I've been playing around with my Lumix GF-1 over the last few days, especially in terms of shooting with the lens wide open (f/1.7), and have been pleasantly surprised by the quality of the shots I've been getting, in terms of both sharpness and bokeh. That said, this one could have been a bit sharper, but I think this is more to do with the fact that Rhowan was moving and I was shooting at 1/30s than anything to do with the lens. Anyway, technical discussion aside, I quite like this one :)

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Panasonic Lumix GF-1
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comment by Jonas (americanvirus) at 09:05 AM (GMT) on 6 July, 2010

I love it. The colors and tones are rad! Would love to see this one as a mini PSD.

comment by Carlos Garcia at 12:02 PM (GMT) on 6 July, 2010

I wish her glasses were not tilted. I am distracted by the way they sit across Rhowan's left eye. That's just me, because this is a fun shot and the show original demonstrates your skill well. Learned a new word: bokeh. I will use it like crazy, as soon as I learn what it means :)

comment by Sara at 03:49 PM (GMT) on 6 July, 2010

Oh, she looks so funny, but a little bit rapacious :) I like it!

comment by Jason at 04:44 PM (GMT) on 6 July, 2010

I totally agree with Jonas. I just love the toning and this would make an excellent mini PSD. This is what I'm sure most of your followers would term as Trademark Chromasia stuff. I do also think Carlos has a good point as my focus is also drawn to her glasses crossing her eye, but I think it actually makes the shot for me as it gives the shot an edge and tell more of a story.

comment by Chris at 07:16 PM (GMT) on 6 July, 2010

I also enjoy the color toning of this image and the angle in which the image was taken. The DOF is quite spectacular. I also agree with Jonas and Jason, this image would be a great addition to the mini-psd library.

comment by LightningPaul at 07:19 PM (GMT) on 6 July, 2010

Great! I love the look, the composition, position of hands and (especially) glasses.

comment by clive williams at 11:44 PM (GMT) on 6 July, 2010

i love your work. so vivid. I like the "show the original" option too. Proper..

comment by Jeremy at 08:27 AM (GMT) on 7 July, 2010

Interested in this because I have the same 20mm 1.7 lens and I would never have thought of using it to take a portrait. Maybe I need ro lose my preconceptions ...

comment by Philip Jensen at 12:40 PM (GMT) on 7 July, 2010

I really like the fact that her glasses is tilting, as Jason says it gives the picture more of a "story." The colouring would indeed make for a nice mini-psd as Jonas mentions.

As for Carlos, and the word Bokeh. Just google it, the pictures will explain everything! :)

comment by Libby Nightingale at 12:49 PM (GMT) on 7 July, 2010

Carlos: Her glasses look tilted because, being Rhowan, she has bent them :-)
However, these are faring slightly better than the 2 previous pairs that were a) broke beyond repair; and b) lost! :-)

comment by David Kelly at 06:49 PM (GMT) on 7 July, 2010

I like the photograph David, though must admit to being surprised how flat the contrast is on the original. Thanks for the insight into the story regarding the glasses Libby - knowing the story behind this just adds to the quirkiness of the image.

comment by djn1 at 07:05 PM (GMT) on 7 July, 2010

Thanks everyone.

Jonas/Jason: OK, I'll add this one as a Mini-PSD, probably next Monday.

Jeremy: shooting portraits with a wide-angle lens can be a bit hit-and-miss, especially as you have to get really close to your subject, but it can lead to some interesting results.

David: it was after sunset, on a slightly overcast evening, so the light was very flat.