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  • 21st Apr, 2005 at 10:44 AM

Rain on the clothesline
Originally uploaded by sfllaw.

It was quite a shock to wake up yesterday morning to hear the sound of rain. What a confirmation that spring had arrived. I got up, did a little hacking, and then realised that I should really have stayed in bed.

I eventually woke up and it was still raining. Nothing to do but venture outside, take a few photographs and head off to work. The low pressure made my joints feel really funny so typing was slow all day. I managed to get a couple of fiddly things done, and then it was off to shiatsu.

After that, I sat at Café L'Etranger and wrote in my notebook. The waitress was very nice and very attentive and very tolerant of my taking a table. It's been a long time since I've written thoughts down on paper and I again experienced the odd sensation of dialogue with myself. Then evildrgo showed up, looking quite out of breath. He sat down, ordered some food, and we began to talk. Apparently, I have taken his spot in aeon_of_maat's appointment book. Also, it seems that I'll have to go to the South Shore in order to get good Chinese food in town. In short, I had a delightful conversation that was punctuated with decent food. (I ordered a chicken burger, which is markedly bad if there's pink inside, so L'Etranger's cooking methods are just fine.) In the end, both evildrgo and I agreed that we should get together more often when he is in town.


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21st Apr, 2005 16:30 (UTC)
too much Depth of Field in the picture
21st Apr, 2005 17:06 (UTC)
I found with my A70, which is very similar to his A95, that it's really hard to achieve a shallow DoF, since DoF is based on the absolute aperture size rather than the F/ratio. With a small camera you can open the aperture all the way, but it's still small.

Av mode, F/2.8, and hope for the best. :)
21st Apr, 2005 17:15 (UTC)
I shot this with a small and a large depth of field. But the small depth of field picture looked pretty stupid, because I could only get one or two raindrops in focus.

How could I have improved it?
21st Apr, 2005 17:39 (UTC)
Did it really look stupid? I think that's the effect hub_ would have been after. You pick some raindrops that are slightly more interesting, or at a certain distance (for good proportions), and it guides the eye.

Sometimes, I like having just slightly shallow DOF, so that everything is almost sharp, except for one main subject that is tack sharp. But it's very tricky getting exactly the right aperture you need for the best possible effect (and I find that difficult to evaluate properly on the camera's LCDs). I tried doing it in one of my wintery Montmorency Falls photos, but totally screwed up and only saw it when I got home. Oops!
21st Apr, 2005 17:43 (UTC)
It really did. I spot at f/2.8, f/5.6, and f/8.0 and finally picked the latter because it was the most attractive. I had thought that a shallower depth of field would look right, but it didn't. I don't know why this was the case and I wish I hadn't deleted the old ones so you could see for yourself.

I think it might have been because the clothesline blended into the background too well. What I wanted to show was both the raindrops and the clothesline.
21st Apr, 2005 18:00 (UTC)
what about "medium" :-)

there is just a good middle
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