Today I'm re-posting this picture I shared first a whiiile ago, which follows the series started with the "It's in my eyes" picture in my portfolio. Unlike the latest pictures I've posted where the post processing was the hardest part, this one concentrates all its complexity in actually taking the shot. I took this shot with my Canon 5d Mark II coupled with an old M42 russian lens Helios 40-2 85mm 1.5, a really wonderful big chunk of metal and glass!
I shot wide open to get this swirling bokeh, typical of this lens. Indeed, even if you close a bit the blades it give immediately a dramatically different bokeh feeling.
I took this picture at the gold hour after the sun disappeared so that I could have lovely golden tones on the ground and my cat's fur :)
The big challenge here was to shoot handheld with low shutter speed because of the lack of light and to get the cat's face razor sharp while focusing manually with such a shallow depth of field (f/1.5!!)! The DoF was about 2,5 cm at this distance and as the subject was moving a lot, it was really really hard to get to perfect focus without tripod, very close to the subject, shooting at low shutter speed (1/15) and turning the focus ring like crazy!
I hope you'll like it as much as I do!