wild night

photo layering with a Zeiss 50mm f1.4 lens

The title of this photo doesn’t need much in the way of explanation… just drink the one in the middle!

This is a very trippy rendition of what it feels like to have that kind of night. As you all know by now, I love photos that convey feelings and this one does it better than just about any other photo in my collection. ‘wild night’ would look amazing as a large floating canvas print. I used a technique called photo layering for this, but I did it all in-camera which worked out really great. I still have an awful lot to learn about layering, but I’ll have more on that later in the ‘experiences‘ section for those of you who are interested.

The image is a combination of three individual exposures taken at the same time while I physically move the camera over my subject. I used a Canon 1DX and the very painterly Zeiss 50mm f1.4, which is the perfect artistic lens for shots like this. You can’t accomplish this kind of effect with a lens known for it’s sharpness and clarity like the Zeiss 50mm f2 Makro. You need lenses that render their images more like paint brushes, and the Zeiss 50mm/1.4 and the Zeiss 28mm/2 are two of my favorites when it comes to artistic rendering. Both of these lenses take some severe beatings in online review forums for their lack of sharpness, but that’s just not what they’re made for. Every artist needs to know the tools in his toolkit.


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One Comment on “wild night

  1. The layering is just beautiful! When I first looked at the photograph I thought it was a great painting. Now that I know it is a photograph i am amazed at its complexity. It is a perfect rendition of “one of those nights.”


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