Monday, September 23, 2013

Recording retro music with a retro camera

A wedding I attended this past weekend had a retro DJ playing music from the early 1900's on mechanical gramophones. I had the Fuji X-E1 with me and did a series of photos of his equipment. Nothing like shooting retro with retro.

All of these images were taken with one lens, the Fuji 35mm at f/1.4.  A  normal lens with a fast, wide open aperture is one of my favorite methods for shooting close-ups.  It is unlike the straight effect of a true macro lens in that it gives a particularly soft look to the scene along with an extremely shallow depth of field, enhanced even more as you move in closer with it.

For this shot I added a +2 close-up filter to the 35mm lens.  

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