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Orange in Triplicate (E-PM1 1/2000–f/2.8 60mm OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA)

Modern Photography is as much about colour as it is about pattern and geometry. This is one of those photos that combines both.

I made this one recently at a local showground. The bright orange immediately caught my eye, and the fact that they were walking in unison and wearing the same uniform made it all the more compelling.

The SES workers each carry an orange bag; two carry it in the left hand and one carries it in the right hand. The two left handers each wear a cap. The lone right hander does not. More patterns and symmetry for the eye!

I’d not changed my settings from an indoor environment, so this one was made at f2.8 on the Sigma 60mm DN series lens. Luckily, the sky was overcast, so the exposure didn’t blow out, and the high shutter speed made it a lot easier to freeze movement. The background is distracting, but the long focal length (60mm has an equivalent focal length of 120mm on a Micro Four Thirds camera due to the smaller sensor size) and the wide aperture of 2.8 threw it sufficiently out of focus to bring attention to the State Emergency Services workers. This one is straight out of camera and not processed any further.

 

Photo Story : Orange in Triplicate
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14 thoughts on “Photo Story : Orange in Triplicate

  • February 13, 2015 at 12:19 pm
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    It’s a beautiful shot; something you would have a hard time capturing if you didn’t already have the camera at the ready. It’s neat when you don’t have an opportunity to tune in to something with the regular habit… just shoot with what you have.

    My itchy Photoshop finger wants so badly to enhance the bokeh ever so slightly. Sorry purists. 😉

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    • February 13, 2015 at 1:09 pm
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      Ahh thank you @maesha-shannon :good: I know, the background isn’t exactly bokehlicious is it? That’s what comes of the Micro 4/3 sensor, as much as I adore what Olympus do with it. I used the excellent Sigma 60mm Art lens on this one. Super sharp and does present soft backgrounds usually, but distance from subject to lens and sensor size kind of put me at a disadvantage here I fear ! Even at max of 2.8 ! I did all I could, really I did :unsure:
      The camera was at the ready indeed. Luckily the sky was overcast enough so that the shutter speed didn’t blow up, seeing as I’d actually forgotten to change from f2.8 :scratch:

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      • February 13, 2015 at 1:15 pm
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        Given f2.8 and manual focusing I think you nailed it. It’s interesting and beautiful. Just perfect as it is.

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        • February 13, 2015 at 3:45 pm
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          :good: :good:

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        • February 13, 2015 at 3:48 pm
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          Admittedly, a less distracting background would have been better for this one. Still, we don’t always get what we want when the image calls us do we? When the pattern presents itself, our eyes see the world anew.

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        • February 14, 2015 at 3:21 am
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          You’re too kind @maesha-shannon :bye:

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  • December 14, 2014 at 10:48 pm
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    Great composition and yes to the orange and your observations!

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    • December 16, 2014 at 1:31 am
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      Thank you. It’s funny what you can find in a single photo!

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    • February 13, 2015 at 3:44 pm
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      B-) B-) B-)

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  • December 14, 2014 at 9:25 pm
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    Hi Steve! Orange always catches my eye for sure! 😀 Hope your day went well! 😀

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    • December 16, 2014 at 1:32 am
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      Thanks 🙂 It would have been nicer if the backgrouns was a little less busy, but we make th ebest of the opportunity, right?

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      • February 13, 2015 at 3:45 pm
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        BYE are you leaving? Where have you been?

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        • February 15, 2015 at 1:46 am
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          @michellemarie No!!!! Not going anywhere B-) How are you MM?

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