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Canon 35mm f/1.4L II

Aperture Series: Bonsai Juniper over Beaver Pond

This page looks at the whole range of performance with a relatively close range subject (~3 meters) with a moderately out of focus background.

Bonsai tree above beaver pond

Adobe Camera Raw 9.2 (486) ACR Settings, Camera Profile = Adobe Standard. All camera and lens corrections DISABLED both in camera and during RAW conversion.

These frames are EV-matched, but ambient lighting could have varied slightly.

White balance here is chosen intentionally to reflect the feel of dusk in the mountains; the image would not look or feel right if the color were corrected to daylight (sunny) white balance.

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Diglloyd DAP is DSLR-oriented, but also contains workflow and other topics. Much of the focus is on Canon and Nikon but also Pentax and Pentax medium format.

Special emphasis is placed on lens evaluation, focusing on Canon and Nikon and Sigma lenses, but with a few others like Rokinon/Samyang.

  • Make better images by learning how to get the best results right away.
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  • Workflow discusses image organization, raw conversion and post processing. Many examples show processing parameters for direct insight into how the image was converted.
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  • Aperture series from wide open through stopped down, showing the full range of lens performance and bokeh.
  • Optical quality analysis of field curvature, focus shift, sharpness, flare, distortion, and performance in the field.

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