Since making the transition from medium format and 35mm film cameras, I’ve been struggling to bend the physics of small sensor cameras and digital-optimized glass to my will (with the caveat that digital backs and full-frame sensors are beyond my reach).
And until recently, I’d been losing the struggle.
The paring of a micro four thirds camera with one of my old lenses (a manual 50mm 1.8; effectively 100mm on MFT) has allowed me to get back to one type of image making I’d been missing. I can now create images with a very shallow depth of field, buttery smooth out of focus regions, lots of resolution (not to be confused with megapixels!), and a tack-sharp plane of focus.
These images are from a new series of ‘florascapes’.
In addition to the ability to utilize old lenses that add character to images, the MFT format paired with native lenses packs extraordinary image quality into a package that is much lower profile than the typical DSLR, allowing for unobtrusive ‘man on the street’ photography.
I’m working on a series in this vein, but that’s for another post!