You probably remember my photography project, meaning The Journey to the Light. There are two older posts here in my blog concerning the project so I don’t go to details now. What is important to remember is that I am trying to dive deep to the secrets of a perfect 3D pop. You know, that effect which makes a flat photo really look three dimensional.

Well, I might have found now something important. I had a small roadtrip, a typical one for me. I was just driving countryside roads, enjoying the views and driving through some small villages. In one of these villages there was an old ironworks. Really beautiful old building at the river bank. Hint of smoke was also floating in the air. By following it I found my way to the old blacksmith’s smithy.

At the same moment I entered into the smithy I realized that I have entered also the best possible 3D pop laboratory. Gloomy room was full of tools, old machines and forged iron products. There were different kind tubes and flat iron stripes bended to so many different shapes that the whole room looked like plumbers hell. Old blacksmith with a thick leather apron looked just like you can expect. True craftsman.


What charmed me most was the light. There were lot of shadows but also strong highlights in the sun spots. Old windows let the bright sun in just in the right angle. All the iron products were wrapped with the combination of these two. Other side in the shadows, other side washed by the spring sun. Just like it should.

This all naturally gave lot of challenges to the camera. This time I had equipped my Sony a7 with ZEISS Loxia 2/50 which I got for testing last week. More about this manual lens later but the most important thing to know now is that I was amazed. I have already earlier experienced that the dynamic range of Sony sensor is wide, it really can handle situation with lot of contrast. Now with the ZEISS objective the situation even improved. Loxia is handling the light and colors of it so sophisticated that the Sony sensor has really easy work to build the final photo. I took most of these photos with high ISO to ensure wide enough focus range, the aperture being f3,5-f8. Here is another big big benefit in this combination: I can force Sony for ISO’s up to 6400 without any problems. This time I mostly used 640 inside.

I have a feeling that I am now searching the perfect 3D pop from the correct path. Or what you think?



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