Shooting Everyday Photos – Drawing

All shots with Micro Four Thirds camera, Panasonic GF1 and Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f/1.4 lens. Manual focusing with this lens on GF1 is challenging. Stretching your arms out so you can see the image on the LCD when focusing will cause you to be unstable. Hence, I really hope that GF3 will have a built-in high resolution viewfinder. GF2 has already been in the market for several months, but I didn’t want to upgrade because it still doesn’t have the built-in viewfinder. Yes, it has an optional external viewfinder you can buy, but I don’t quite like the idea as I want to keep the entire setup small.

When I shot these, I was lying down on the floor in order to be at the same eye-level as my daughter. I put the camera on the floor  too. That helped to stabilize it during the manual focusing.

I am going out shortly to meet a friend for a quick shoot and I will be taking this setup with me. Will share some photos later tonight if I can get some interesting ones.

Have a great weekend, everyone.


  • BennyApril 15, 2011 - 10:22 am

    I’m always amazed with 2x crop factor you still can get a great bokeh.. and yes I realize it’s 40 mm f/1.4 lens.

    IMHO, I think peeking into that small viewfinder for manual focus will give your eye too much strain.. so Big LCD screen will help.


    • Hendra LauwApril 16, 2011 - 11:57 pm

      Hi Ben .. no, it’s 80mm. The lens used was Voigtlander 40mm f/1.4.ReplyCancel

  • thamApril 13, 2011 - 1:24 pm

    Hi hendra,

    How far were you when taking such pictures with the 40mm lens?

    I thought it has a rather far min focusing distanceReplyCancel

    • Hendra LauwApril 13, 2011 - 9:55 pm

      Hi Tham,
      I was about 1.4 meters from her. The lens actually becomes 80mm on the GF1 body because of the cropped sensor. It has 2x multiplier.ReplyCancel

  • AnastasiaApril 11, 2011 - 4:36 am

    I don’t have my own kids, but my application was recently accepted for youth mentoring with a program called “Reach Out Mentor” which is similar to “Big Brothers and Big Sisters” program. I’m still going through training to go over what is (or not) ok to do with youths, so I haven’t been paired up with a youth yet. Your everyday images of your daughter are very inspiring.ReplyCancel

    • Hendra LauwApril 12, 2011 - 10:41 pm

      Hi Anastasia, that was very nice of you to join the progam. Lovely. Wishing you all the best and hope you will be able to share your blessings with the youths. Take care.ReplyCancel

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