Image © 2018/Denise Ippolito Photography
I created a very soft effect for this rose image. I used a very shallow depth of field for the initial capture using the Voigtlander 42.5 Macro lens attached to my Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera .
The Voigtlander is an f/0.95 lens that produces a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 85mm when used on a Micro Four Thirds body. It is built solid with some weight, given its size. It is a manual focus lens but is capable of creating a dreamy bokeh when shooting wide open and I love the lens and can’t wait to use it again.
I was hand holding for this shot and it is difficult to shoot this lens wide open without focus peaking. Since it is a third party lens, I have had trouble getting the focus peaking to work. I have tried assigning it to a seperate button–that does not work. I have tried some of the tricks I found online that worked with the 5D Mark II Olympus but it doesn’t work with the newer camera body.
In post processing I rotated the image slightly and cropped it just a teeny bit. Then I added some negative clarity to create even more softness. To add the negative clarity just take the clarity slider in ACR to the left instead of to the right. But before I did I went into Photoshop, duplicated the layer then went to Filter>Camera Raw Filter and applied the negative clarity–this way I was able to apply it only to the areas that I wanted with a layer mask. I also changed the color tone for each of these. I used the Temperature and Tint sliders to do that. Which do you prefer? For me it always depends on my mood or the subject.