Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1997/11/22

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Subject: More info on my bokeh pix
From: Dan Cardish <>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 1997 08:27:14 -0500

Following is a bit more information on my Bokeh example

The camera was a handheld M6, using Fuji Reala film.  Exposure was f2.8 at
1/60 second.  In both photos, the model's face appears tack sharp, both in
the negative and on the prints themselves, as viewed through an 8x loupe.
In the DR image, the model is shifted somewhat to her left, and is leaning
a bit towards me, relative to the Summilux photo.  This *may* explain the
softer view of the grass to our right side of the bench in the summilux
photo (differing plane of focus).  

As an aside, a photo was also taken with a Minolta 9xi through a Minolta
50/1.4 AF lens (used in manual focus mode) at the same exposure settings as
above.  The pose was similar to that of the summilux photo, and the 'bokeh'
also looks very similar.  Unfortunately, the Minolta picture was taken
several minutes before the leica's, and the sun was a bit higher in the
West, affecting the overall look of the picture.  A Nikon 50/1.4 was also
used for this test, but I mis-focused the lens (at least, I hope this was
the cause of the fuzzy picture!).

The scanning was done on an HP Scanjet IIc, and I used Photoshop to produce
the web images.

Just for fun I have added a 5th image, a shot of the same model taken a few
moments later with my 75 Summilux, same settings as above. Almost a
straight scan, with no fiddling in Photoshop apart from some un-sharp
masking.  I'm not sure if it comes across in the web version, but the print
really shows that fabled "glow".  Perhaps it is the sharp contrast between
the model and the soft background.

Dan C.

ps.  sorry for the download time for these pictures!