Photo: I 'heart' Altdorf...

I'm currently spending a couple of weeks travelling around Western Europe and I'm really loving the scenery, culture, history and of course the food! We timed the trip so that I could spend a couple of days at the Photokina show in Cologne, Germany, before then heading South to Altdorf to visit my good friend and Cameralabs lens tester, +Thomas Rubach. We had a wonderful time with Thomas over the past couple of days and he was a great tour guide, showing me the sights!

We briefly stopped off at the old University of Nuremberg where I spotted some lovely wrought iron fencing with golden hearts in the middle. This is a perfect example of what I'm really enjoying about Europe - the attention to detail and aesthetics of older buildings where small patterns and designs were crafted purely to please the eye. Something you rarely see on newer buildings.

Anyway, the hearts grabbed me, so I popped the Olympus 45mm f1.8 onto my Panasonic GX1 and framed the shot quite tightly with the aperture set to f1.8 to deliver a shallow depth of field. Not as shallow as an actual 85mm f1.8 full frame lens would have, but I still quite like the result. You may also find it interesting to compare this image to a similar composition of the same subject in my Instagram stream snapped with a Galaxy S3 where the depth of field is obviously much greater.

PS - this shot is almost straight from the camera with only a minor boost in saturation to deepen the golden heart.
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Gordon Laing
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I 'heart' Altdorf...

I'm currently spending a couple of weeks travelling around Western Europe and I'm really loving the scenery, culture, history and of course the food! We timed the trip so that I could spend a couple of days at the Photokina show in Cologne, Germany, before then heading South to Altdorf to visit my good friend and Cameralabs lens tester, +Thomas Rubach. We had a wonderful time with Thomas over the past couple of days and he was a great tour guide, showing me the sights!

We briefly stopped off at the old University of Nuremberg where I spotted some lovely wrought iron fencing with golden hearts in the middle. This is a perfect example of what I'm really enjoying about Europe - the attention to detail and aesthetics of older buildings where small patterns and designs were crafted purely to please the eye. Something you rarely see on newer buildings.

Anyway, the hearts grabbed me, so I popped the Olympus 45mm f1.8 onto my Panasonic GX1 and framed the shot quite tightly with the aperture set to f1.8 to deliver a shallow depth of field. Not as shallow as an actual 85mm f1.8 full frame lens would have, but I still quite like the result. You may also find it interesting to compare this image to a similar composition of the same subject in my Instagram stream snapped with a Galaxy S3 where the depth of field is obviously much greater.

PS - this shot is almost straight from the camera with only a minor boost in saturation to deepen the golden heart.

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