Wednesday, March 12, 2014

One Shot #8 | Dogs

We had a storm and a cold front come through today, and when I left work there was a thick fog. I could have done something interesting in the woods, but I wasn’t dressed for that, and I wanted to photograph somewhere where I could grab dinner afterwards. I decided to head downtown, thinking I might be able to shoot people walking through the fog.

It wasn’t as foggy downtown, but I quickly saw the above juxtaposition of the red Morley’s Dog and the green dresses. I had the E-PL5 and 20mm f/1.7 with me, but I had to go back to the car for the Olympus 14-42mm kit lens in order to shoot at a long enough focal length to keep the dresses prominent in the background.

Unfortunately, the shot is technically unacceptable. The statue, where I focused is unsharp, apparently due to motion blur. I’m surprised that that was the case with a 1/90 exposure time, but I guess I was hurrying in the rain.

For the second time in two days, I’m forced to confess to a rules violation: When I turned around after taking this shot, a guy sitting in a parked car called out, “Hey! Take a picture of my dog! I’ll lean way back so I’m not in the picture.” So here’s a picture of (another) dog.

Car Dog

Update: I keep forgetting that I now subscribe to Photoshop CC. I tried out its camera shake reduction filter, applying a layer mask so that only the in-focus foreground is sharpened. It definitely helped to salvage the shot, which I now think looks OK at small screen sizes. Artifacts are readily visible when zoomed in, although I could probably clean those up with more effort.


  1. Wow, the shake reduction filter made a big difference! Where did you have dinner?


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